Ipswich: Man returned to Liquid nightclub with arsenal of weapons - hours after being taken home by police

A MAN who was taken home by police after an incident at a nightclub returned to the venue armed with a kitchen knife, a metal bar and two socks each containing a rock, Ipswich Crown Court has heard.

Adem Demir changed his clothes but was recognised by staff at Liquid nightclub as having been involved in the earlier incident and was restrained, the court heard.

Demir, 21, who had been staying at the Chequers Hotel in Ancaster Road, Ipswich, admitted five offences of possessing an offensive weapon and was jailed for 12 weeks, less 34 days he has already spent in custody. Michael Crimp, prosecuting, said that after his arrest Demir told police when he was stopped by staff on his return to the nightclub he had thrown the metal bar to the floor and had put the other weapons on a concrete bollard.

He claimed he had the items with him for his own protection.

Mr Crimp said at the time of the incident on the evening of May 28/29 Demir, who had no previous convictions, had been on bail for an incident three weeks earlier on May 6.

On that occasion Ipswich Borough Council CCTV operators alerted the police to an incident in the town’s Falcon Street involving a number of men. One was seen to take out a sock containing a golf ball from his pocket and hand it to Demir who then walked away.

Demir was detained and told police he had the sock and ball for his own protection and had lent it to a friend who was involved in the Falcon Street incident so he could scare off anyone who came at him.

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Paul Donegan for Demir described him as “bright, gifted and ambitious” but said things had gone badly wrong following the breakdown of his relationship with his mother.

Demir had moved into the Chequers Hotel and had been the victim of an attack which had resulted in him making the “worrying decion” to arm himself with the weapons.

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