A jealous boyfriend who left his ex-girlfriend for fear of her life when he broke into her property while she was asleep and held her hostage to a knife has been jailed for five years.
Bahaa Kadum, 26, broke into Shannon Griffiths’ property in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, while sleeping at 4:30 a.m. on October 20 last year with her partner Thomas Fahey.
Miss Griffiths woke up to find Kadum peeing in the toilet in her bathroom before going back to her bedroom to warn her boyfriend.
After realizing the couple was in a relationship, Kadum went into the kitchen and pulled a large knife from a drawer before confronting his ex-girlfriend.
Mr. Fahey went into the second bedroom and tried to barricade his way in as the attacker repeatedly hit and stabbed the door with the knife.
He managed to flee the premises by jumping out of the bedroom window while Kadum continued to terrorize Miss Griffiths and hit her face twice, causing her to fall into the landing wall.
Bahaa Kadum, 26, was sentenced to five years and three months in prison after being found guilty of one false jail term and two assassination charges
The siege ended when police, who had been warned by Mr. Fahey, visited Miss Griffith’s property and arrested Kadum.
He was sentenced to five years and three months in prison after being found guilty of one false imprisonment and two threats of murder.
In a statement, Miss Griffiths said, “This was the most terrifying experience of my life and I really thought I was going to die.
‘He’s a manipulative person who wanted to control me and my life and I can’t believe he would come to my house and hold me hostage.
‘If the police hadn’t arrived, I would have been killed by him. I am terrified that he will come out and hunt me. I always have to look over my shoulder.
‘I shouldn’t be living my life like that. He is a terrible and dangerous person. ‘
Miss Griffiths and Kadum had been dating for three years but had split up in May 2020 for being ‘controlling and possessive’ and the following October she began a relationship with Mr Fahey.
Ben Lawrence’s prosecutor said, “Miss Griffiths and Mr. Fahey were upstairs in bed when they heard a noise and saw the defendant in the bathroom peeing in the toilet with the door open.
He then entered the bedroom, asked who Mr. Fahey was, then turned and went downstairs, followed by Miss Griffiths, and picked up a large kitchen knife.
Kadum smashed a kitchen window downstairs at 4:30 am on 20 October last year (pictured) to enter Shannon Griffiths’ premises in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester.
The jealous friend threatened to kill his ex-boyfriend and her partner after breaking into their property. Pictured: damage to the house during the siege
Kadum went into the kitchen and pulled a large knife from a drawer before confronting his ex-girlfriend
He said to Miss Griffiths, ‘I’m going to kill him’ and ran upstairs and said, ‘If I can’t have you, no one can.’ ‘
Fahey went into the second bedroom and tried to barricade himself in, but the defendant tried to push open the door, hit it and stabbed it with the knife, and said, ‘Come out, I’m going to stab you. ”
Miss Griffiths chased the defendant upstairs and tried to pull him away from the door and told him to get out. But he hit her in the face twice, which made her fall against the wall and she was in tears.
He said, ‘I dare you to try to save him again’ and she pulled back and tried to find her phone to call the police.
Meanwhile, Mr. Fahey, fearing for his safety and seeking help, escaped the house through the upstairs bedroom window.
The defendant heard the noise of his departure and chased him, but Mr. Fahey was too fast for him and then contacted the police.
The defendant returned to the house to confront Miss Griffiths.
He was really racist against her and he swore on his father’s ashes and his mother’s life that he would kill her.
He came up to her with the knife, fearing he might use it, and she cringed behind the sofa. He told her he would kill her and she would die saying he would stab her or set her on fire and then kill herself.
The jealous boyfriend terrorized his ex-girlfriend and punched her twice in the face, causing her to fall into the landing wall
He gritted his teeth and spat at her as he stood over her and said, ‘Look what you made me do.’ ‘
‘She asked him to let her leave but he said’ you’re f *** ed, you have no chance ‘.
She describes being a hostage in her own home. At one point he was given toilet paper and threatened to set it and blankets on fire with a lighter.
At another point she tried to walk away, but he hit her in the head again and dragged her back to the sofa.
He then hit her on the head several times. She said she had “never been so scared in my life”. She really thought he was going to kill her.
Moments later he came up to her with the knife and when she tried to push him away, the knife closed on her arm and caused a small cut.
The insult ended when the police were present. The defendant asked Miss Griffiths to help him escape and told her not to tell the police. However, she ran out the back door crying. ‘
Kadum stabbed himself in the left forearm before being arrested. He denied the crimes in a police interview and claimed he was still in a relationship with Miss Griffiths.
In compensation, attorney Robin Kitching said, “He had no idea Mr. Fahey was there and had gone to the house to see Miss Griffiths.
The incident then happened quite unexpectedly and he had no intention of harming any of them. He wants to express his remorse and regret. ‘
The judge Mr. Recorder Ian Harris convicted Kadum and said to him, “The facts of your insult are dire and terrifying. It was thirty minutes of assault, terror and vile verbal abuse and threats.
‘It was 4:30 a.m. and people have a right to feel safe in their homes, especially in the middle of the night. You entered that house uninvited, and you were not welcome.
“This was planned because you were dropped off by your brother who drove you there. You were motivated by jealousy and revenge.
“No doubt the police would have been met by a massacre.”
Kadum is also prohibited from indefinitely contacting Miss Griffiths and Mr. Fahey under a restraining order.