A would-be solicitor chased his friend brandishing a kitchen knife.

Sabri Mohammed Bashir, 19, was bleeding from his mouth when police caught up with him on Cowley Road on Thursday, September 2.

Oxford Magistrates’ Court heard that the Croydon man had been punched in the face by a friend, who he went on to chase with the knife. The blade was found 60cm away from him.

Prosecutor Katie Jeanes said a member of the public, who would not leave his details, called the police to say he was being chased by Bashir and had run into a graveyard nearby.

Mitigating, Aneep Thathgar said her client had come to the UK two years ago from Sudan. He was studying English and Maths at college and had hopes of going to university to become a solicitor. The teenager was 'extremely remorseful'.

Bashir, of Rosebery Avenue, Croydon, pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article at the magistrates’ court on Saturday. He had no previous convictions.

Sending the case to Oxford Crown Court for sentence, chairman of the bench Helen Lloyd said: “We have heard clearly that you were the aggressor and you chased your friend with a knife and we do believe that had the potential to cause serious alarm and distress and the complainant did in fact call the police."

He was remanded in custody to appear before the crown court on October 5. The magistrates ordered the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

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