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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Cumbrian gun terror thug jailed for four years

A drunken racist who burst into a takeaway restaurant and terrorised staff has been jailed for four years.

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Ryan Dixon, of Frizington: Jailed for four years after he admitted possessing a gun with intent to cause fear of violence, being in possession of an air weapon within five years of being released from prison, assault while shouting racist insults, common assault, stealing a mobile phone and deliberately damaging a car

Ryan Dixon went into the pizza and kebab shop in Whitehaven with an air rifle but was disarmed by boss Mehdi Samadi.

At Carlisle Crown Court a judge told Mr Samadi he would be rewarded for his “extreme bravery”.

Iranian-born Mr Samadi managed to disarm Dixon after the 22-year-old thug brought terror to the shop last September.

With his “petrified” staff throwing themselves for cover behind the kitchen appliances, Mr Samadi took Dixon on and – despite being hit in the face by the butt of the gun – managed to wrestle the air rifle from him.

Dixon was found by police the next day, hiding under a duvet in the bedroom of a friend’s house nearby.

At Carlisle Crown Court, Dixon, of Main Street, Frizington, was jailed for four years and banned from having any form on contact with Mr Samadi or going into his Chattanooga takeaway in Main Street, Egremont, for five years.

The six offences Dixon admitted – possessing a gun with intent to cause fear of violence; being in possession of an air weapon within five years of being released from prison; assaulting Mr Samadi while shouting racist insults at him; common assault on takeaway worker Fiona Flynn; stealing a mobile phone from a bystander; and deliberately damaging his father’s car by kicking the wing mirrors off and smashing the rear window with a brick – encompassed what Judge Paul Batty QC described as “an absolutely terrifying” incident.

Dick Binstead, prosecuting, told the court it happened after Dixon’s father, Steven, who worked as a chef in the takeaway, spotted him with a 16-year-old friend who pointed an air rifle at him as he passed in his car on his way to work.

Mr Dixon stopped, remonstrated with the teenager and confiscated his gun.

But after a further confrontation, the father, “who was easily intimidated by his son’s behaviour”, “perhaps unwisely” gave the gun back.

Later that evening Dixon turned up at the takeaway and found his way into the kitchen where he squared up to his father, telling him he had had no right to take the gun from his young friend.

Kitchen worker Fiona Flynn bravely stood between the two but Dixon hit her in the face.

Mr Samadi managed to throw Dixon out but a few minutes later he returned with the gun, which – as staff “cowered for their lives” – he pointed at the takeaway boss as he shouted racist abuse over the counter.

Mr Samadi then pounced on Dixon and wrestled the gun from him during a struggle.

As Dixon ran off he snatched a £500 mobile from bystander Shun Cheung Tang and caused £700 of damage to his father’s car.

The prosecution accepted Dixon’s claim that he had not fired a pellet.

“Everyone present in that kitchen makes it very plain that these were moments of extreme fear – they were in real fear for their lives,” Mr Binstead said.

Afterwards Dixon sent out a text message to his friends, boasting in racist terms about what he had done.

Marion Weir, defending, said the whole incident was sparked by drink and the fact that for years Dixon had had a “very strained” relationship with his father.

Judge Batty described it as “an appalling catalogue of violence”.

He said Dixon’s criminal record, with 33 previous convictions including four for violence and four for carrying offensive weapons, was the worst he had ever seen for someone so young.

He awarded Mr Samadi £400 and Ms Flynn £100 for their bravery.

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