Hailsham man jailed for nine years for a string of knife attacks

Mostafa Al-Saidi SUS-150424-131230001
Mostafa Al-Saidi SUS-150424-131230001

A Hailsham man has been jailed for nine years and nine months after admitting a string of knife offences over a two-day period in May last year.

Mostafa Al-Saidi, 25, of Akehurst Close, Hellingly, Hailsham, pleaded guilty to committing grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article after he stabbed a man in the leg with a knife in The Drive, Hellingly on 20 May 2014.

Appearing at Lewes Crown Court on April 14, Al-Saidi also admitted possessing a bladed article and committing affray after he produced a knife and threatened two women in the churchyard in Hailsham town centre on May 23.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article and affray after he threatened staff with a knife in Simpsons Chicken takeaway in Hailsham High Street on the same day just 40 minutes after he had threatened the two women.

Later that evening, he threatened a food delivery driver in The Drive, Hellingly saying he had a gun. He admitted a charge of attempted robbery.

Detective Constable Sean Stapley said, “Al-Saidi stabbed a man and made three threats of violence while armed with a knife in one day on May 23.

“His sentence reflects the seriousness of the offences and sends a message that violent crime will not be tolerated.”