A man had to have metal plates inserted in his face after a car was deliberately driven at him in a revenge attack, a jury heard yesterday (Wednesday).
Rizwan Ahmed had been buying food from a fish and chip shop on Queens Road, Halifax, in April, when he was hit by the silver Volkswagen Golf which suddenly mounted the pavement.
Bradford Crown Court heard that Mr Ahmed tried to jump out of the way, but the vehicle struck his left leg and his face was slammed into the bonnet fracturing his right cheekbone and eye socket.
Mr Ahmed told a jury that he had had metal plates put into his face and still felt pain from his injuries.
Prosecutor Matthew Gent alleged that the car was being driven by a former school friend of Mr Ahmed’s and that the attack was motivated by a desire for revenge after the complainant had had an affair.
Mr Gent said the affair led to a falling out between Mr Ahmed and Ghulam Maqbool and there had been “bad blood” between them.
During his evidence Mr Ahmed said he was standing on the pavement when “all of a sudden” the car was coming straight at him.
He said he only had a split second to react and tried to jump back, but the car caught his left knee.
Mr Ahmed said it happened very quickly, but he maintained that before he was struck he could see Maqbool behind the driver’s wheel of the vehicle.
“How sure are you that it was Ghulam Maqbool driving that vehicle?” asked Mr Gent.
“I’m 100 per cent sure,” replied Mr Ahmed.
When Maqbool, 28, was questioned by police he denied being the driver and claimed that it was a malicious allegation being made by the complainant.
Mr Gent told the jury that the issue for them was whether or not the defendant was the driver of the Golf vehicle.
“Rizwan Ahmed has identified him as being responsible, but he disputes that,” said Mr Gent.
“He says Rizwan Ahmed is lying about that.”
Maqbool, of Highfield Terrace, King Cross, Halifax, has denied wounding Mr Ahmed with intent to do him grievous bodily harm and a further allegation of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
The trial continues.