A man who was suffering a psychotic episode when he stabbed a takeaway worker in the neck has been detained in a mental health hospital.

Javid Sadiq reacted angrily when his food wasn't prepared quickly enough and attacked the Dixy Chicken worker, Teesside Crown Court heard.

The 33-year-old had tried to stab the man in the stomach as he attempted to force his way behind the counter of the takeaway on Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough.

Paul Newcombe, prosecuting, said Sadiq entered the shop at about 9pm on December 3 last year and confronted staff with a kitchen knife when he became agitated and aggressive.

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“The defendant used the knife to stab towards his stomach – he was unsuccessful,” he said.

“He changed the manner of attack and in so doing stabbed the man to the left side of his neck causing a puncture wound.

“While the defendant was being detained by staff the blade broke off and landed behind the counter – he kept hold of the handle.”

Mr Newcombe said the victim suffered a two centimetre long wound behind his left ear which was one centimetre deep. The court heard how he caused a slash to the face of another worker during the melee.

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Sadiq, of Maldon Road, Middlesbrough, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent, attempting to wound with intent, and possession of a bladed article.

Tom Bennett, mitigating, said psychiatric reports had been carried out and consultant forensic psychiatrist Dr Christopher Green concluded that his client had a history of mental illness.

The doctor told the court how Sadiq had been previously diagnosed with schizophrenia and had spent time in hospital.

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The expert said the defendant was having a psychotic episode at the time, adding: "He was hearing voices and having paranoid ideas".

Recorder David Brooke KC told Sadiq he was lucky not to have caused a more serious injury when he stabbed the man in the neck.

The judge ordered Sadiq be detained in a mental health hospital near Milton Keynes, meaning he will only be released when the secretary of state permits it.

Sadiq was also made subject to a ten-year restraining order to stay away from his victims.