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Mayfair chef, 33, grabbed woman in Oxford Circus, held her at knife-point with 15in blade and screamed in her face due to his 'deteriorating mental health from living alone in lockdown'

Mayfair chef, 33, grabbed woman in Oxford Circus, held her at knife-point with 15in blade and screamed in her face due to his 'deteriorating mental health from living alone in lockdown'
A chef at an exclusive Mayfair restaurant terrorised a woman with a knife in Oxford Circus after his mental health deteriorated during the coronavirus lockdown, a court heard.
Richard Nugent, 33, armed himself with a 15 inch blade on May 2 and made his way to the London's West End.
The £33,000 a year chef, pictured, grabbed the woman and held her at knife point while screaming in her face.The £33,000 a year chef grabbed the woman and held her at knife point while screaming in her face.Terrified witnesses alerted police and Nugent was arrested, telling officers it was a 'cry for help' after his flatmates had left him during the lockdown.
Komal Varsani, prosecuting, said: 'A member of the public had reported seeing him get aggressive towards a woman. 
He shouted and backed her up against a wall, touching her arm.
'It was Saturday 2 May on Oxford Street. He was stopped and searched which is where the knife was found, a 15 inch kitchen knife.'
Nugent appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court today to admit possessing a knife in a public place.
Nicholas Rosenfield, defending, said it was 'a cry for help' after his mental health deteriorated during the lockdown while living alone..
'He was carrying a knife,' said Mr Rosenfield.
Richard Nugent, 33, armed himself with a 15 inch blade on May 2 and made his way to the London's West End
'He's living on his own. There's nobody at his home, they have all left so he doesn't want to stay there too long.
'He's normally a chef at a reasonably exclusive restaurant in Mayfair where he earns £33,000 a year.
'He decided to go to London to draw attention to himself as a cry for help. It was a cry for help because he feels his mental health is deteriorating.'
District Judge Alexander Jacobs adjourned the case for reports but told Nugent his 'unpredictable' actions were likely to lead to a custodial sentence..
Judge Jacobs said: 'A prison sentence is almost inevitable but something else might be going on and I want to know what that is. So I will - unusually - adjourn this case for reports.'
Nugent, of Tottenham, admitted possessing a knife in a public place.
He was remanded in custody ahead of sentence on May 22.

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