A drug user who sparked a five hour siege when he took two charity workers hostage in Birmingham city centre has been jailed.
High on amphetamines, Michal Malecki, 31, was seen acting bizarrely on Digbeth High Street in the minutes before he took staff at Bita Pathways office captive on August 19.
As he was jailed for four-years-and-three-months at Birmingham Crown Court (Dec 17) it was heard he slashed one worker with a pair of scissors.
He made two cuts to her arm in full view of armed police who had surrounded the Alcester Street office.
Judge Philip Parker QC told Malecki, of no fixed address: “I obviously acknowledge the reason these offences occurred was because of your mental health suffering at the time.
“You did not appreciate the harm you were doing.
“On the other hand the major reason you were unbalanced at the time was because you were taking illegal drugs.
“You did not appreciate the amphetamines you took would go on to cause such an acute episode.
“You falsely imprisoned these two ladies believing you were under threat.
“You held the ladies captive for three-and-a-half hours and demanded police be called which they were.
“You were abusive towards the ladies, threatening, and ultimately when police were there deliberately wounded Fiona Coakley, cutting her arm twice with a pair of scissors.”