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Aberdeen council knife man jailed for three years

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Image caption The incident happened at the Aberdeen Council headquarters

A man who held a female Aberdeen City Council worker at knifepoint has been jailed for three years.

Witold Jozefowicz, 35, attacked the 25-year-old woman at the council's Marischal College headquarters in July last year.

The court heard he believed he was being chased by the Russian mafia.

Jozefowicz, from Fraserburgh, admitted assault and abduction at Aberdeen Sheriff Court. He will be supervised for a year after his release.

Police confronted the Polish national at the entrance of Marischal College where he gave himself up and allowed the woman to escape unharmed.

Fiscal depute David Bernard told the court how Jozefowicz grabbed the woman and then told her to keep calm as she started to weep.

He said: "The complainer began to cry and in response the accused told her to 'just calm down'.

"He told her 'everything is going to be all right, you're going to save my life'.

"He indicated to two people who were in the area and said they were part of the Russian mafia and they were pursuing him.

"The accused then shouted 'get them now or I'll kill everyone' while whispering 'everything is going to be all right'."

'So serious'

Defence agent Sam Milligan told the court Jozefowicz had wanted to "canvass other matters with the authorities".

But Mr Milligan said Jozefowicz had taken a "delusional or misguided" approach to his problems and ended up resorting to the abduction.

The defence agent added: "It is clear that Mr Jozefowicz held that action as reasonable in his head."

Sheriff Graham Buchanan said: "This offence is so serious that only a substantial term of imprisonment would be an appropriate disposal.

"What you did was obviously terrifying for your victim."

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