University student lunged at McDonald's worker with knife in city centre

The former McDonald's site on Exchange Walk in Nottingham.
-Credit: (Image: Nottingham Post/Sophie Robinson)

A university student lunged at a McDonald’s worker with a knife during a fight in Nottingham city centre. Teegan Kelly told the victim “I will stab you” to which the man, not believing the defendant had a blade, replied “go for it”.

He then pulled out the weapon from his waistband and moved it towards the victim leaving him “terrified” and then fell to the floor in his panic to get away. Nottingham Crown Court heard how Kelly, who turned 22 on May 22, then ran from the scene himself, has now given up his studies in the city and has found God.

Andrew Wesley, his barrister, said: “He accepts at the time he was binge drinking and he admits that when he could get his hands on drugs he would take whatever he could take. He did limp on with his course until the May after the offence but he gave it up and moved to Birmingham initially to live with his mother.

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“Also at that point he investigated his faith and formed views which led him to become a committed christian. It is quite a remarkable and quite an exceptional sea change in his life and he has effectively transformed from the person he was when he was living in Nottingham.

“There is genuine regret and remorse and immediate custody would be a massive backwards step.” Lauren Fisher, prosecuting, said the incident took place outside the Exchange Walk branch of McDonald’s in the city centre at around 6am on September 18, 2022.

She said the worker knew Kelly as there had been issues between his girlfriend and the defendant. The prosecutor said: “The victim said to the defendant ‘if you talk to her again, I will hurt you’ and the defendant left the area for 15 or 20 minutes.

“He then returned and asked the victim if he wanted a fight in the Market Square. A third party tried to diffuse the situation but Mr Kelly threw a punch and the victim laughed at his effort.

“He then said to him ‘I will stab you’ to which the victim replied ‘go for it’ and the defendant produced a knife from his waistband and lunged at him with it, causing him to fall backwards.”

Miss Fisher said both men ran from the scene and Kelly, of Castle Gate, was later arrested, charged and pleaded guilty to threatening another person with a blade or point. He has no previous convictions of any kind.

Judge Julie Warburton handed him a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for a year, with 20 rehabilitation sessions with the probation service and 160 hours unpaid work. She said: “At the time you were drinking and taking drugs to cope with your university life and you now realise quite how destructive this can be.

“He (the victim) had to change his work patterns as a result of what you did to him and he was genuinely terrified. You were, at that time, a university student which makes it all the more shocking and it is only by good fortune the incident did not escalate.”