A DRUG-FUELLED man who threatened to smash up the offices of Bradford Properties with a hammer while demanding a rent refund has been spared an immediate jail sentence.

Mohammed Raza was on bail for sexually assaulting a teenage girl when he took the weapon to the premises on Leeds Road and did £582 damage by breaking the glass in the door, Bradford Crown Court heard today.

Raza, 50, of Marlborough Road, Manningham, Bradford, told the police he was high on crack cocaine when he went to Bradford Properties at lunchtime on September 4.

Prosecutor Giles Bridge said he had also taken drugs when he molested the girl by touching her indecently over her clothing, leaving her crying and frightened.

Raza said he committed that offence after taking crack cocaine and cannabis.

He pleaded guilty to sexual assault, criminal damage, possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and threatening behaviour.

Mr Bridge said that Raza began shouting at an estate agent working at Bradford Properties, demanding repayment of a week’s rent.

He took a hammer from his trouser pocket and threatened to smash up the office.

Raza then left but became angry outside when his victim went to photograph his vehicle registration plate so that the police could trace him.

He tried to push his way back into the office and punched the glass, smashing it.

He was then aggressive to a second employee before driving off.

Raza’s barrister, Emma Downing, said he had been held in Leeds Prison on remand since October 8 and found the experience “horrific.”

He was now drug free after long-term substance misuse.

Miss Downing urged the court to give Raza a sentence that would allow him to continue the good work he had begun while in jail.

Recorder Margia Mostafa sentenced him to a total of 14 months imprisonment, suspended for two years.

He received eight months for the sexual assault offence and six months to run consecutively for the incident at Bradford Properties.

Recorder Mostafa said it was a pre-planned attack on the office that caused fear.

Raza must attend a Drug Rehabilitation Requirement and 60 Rehabilitation Activity Days with the probation service.

Recorder Mostafa also imposed an electronically monitored curfew order.

He was ordered to sign on the sex offender register for ten years and a Sexual Harm Prevention order, also for ten years, bans him from having any contact with the girl.