16:01 Monday 20 January 2014

Jail for man who beat boss in forklift row

Written byMARK MCKAY

A WAREHOUSE worker who attacked his boss in a row over a forklift truck has been sent to prison.

Ulvis Melngailis needed a head wound to be stitched after Mohammed Saeed beat him with a handheld scanner at the Boots Distribution Centre, in Burton’s Centrum 100 Business Park.

Saeed, 31, of Napier Street, Burton, was told he could not drive the forklift truck because there were not enough to go around, on December 3, 2013.

Emma Thompson, prosecuting, told Burton Magistrates’ Court an enraged Saeed confronted his boss after he was given the order.

She said Mr Melngailis told Saeed to go away and calm down.

But his words fell on deaf ears as Saeed soon returned and attacked his superior.

Mrs Thompson said: “The defendant then struck the injured party in the face with the scanner gun.

“He fell backwards and he believes he was hit a couple of times to the head.

“The injured party managed to get up but he felt dizzy.”

Mrs Thompson said Saeed made full and frank admissions to police after his arrest, but said he felt his boss had treated him poorly.

She said: “He went on to say he was sorry and had lost his temper.”

Simon Dean, defending, said it was an ‘unsavoury situation’ his client had been involved in.

But he added some things had been lost in translation as Saeed is from Kurdistan while Mr Melngailis is Lithuanian.

Presiding magistrate Andrew Nelson sent Saeed to prison for 18 weeks.

He said: “The offence is so serious that only a custodial sentence can be justified.

“The reason is that a weapon was involved, there were serious injuries, he was your superior, there was more than one blow and there was a degree of premeditation.”

Mr Nelson added Saeed’s sentence would have been 26 weeks, if it were not for his guilty plea.

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