Two jailed after Halifax barber shop brawl

Bradford Crown Court
Bradford Crown Court

Two men have been given three-year prison sentences after violence erupted in a Halifax barber’s shop.

Omahr Hussain, 28, was having his hair cut at the Young Stars Hairdressers on Gibbet Street last June when 30-year-old Akeel Ahmed and two other men came into the premises armed with at least two baseball bats.

Bradford Crown Court heard today (Thursday) that there was an on-going dispute between the two sides and Hussain was struck with one of the bats causing a fracture to his arm.

Prosecutor David McGonigal told the court that Mr Ahmed left the hairdressers but was chased by Hussain, who got into a Vauxhall Astra, and his 21-year-old cousin Iblal Khan who was on foot.

Within short distance Mr Ahmed was knocked over by the Astra and Khan, who had picked up a knife, stabbed him twice.

Witnesses reported seeing both Hussain and Khan attacking Mr Ahmed with punches and kicks.

As a result of the attack, which took place on a Saturday afternoon, Mr Ahmed was treated in hospital for punctured lungs caused by one of the stab wounds, but Mr McGonigal was unable to give any further details about his recovery or up-to-date medical condition.

He said the defendants would have to be sentenced on the basis that Mr Ahmed had made a reasonable recovery.

Today/yesterday Khan, of Damson Place, Halifax, and Hussain, of Parkinson Lane, Halifax, both admitted wounding Mr Ahmed with intent to do him grievous bodily harm.

Hussain also admitted dangerous driving and driving while disqualified.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC jailed them both for three years on the wounding charge and Hussain was given concurrent prison sentences of nine months and three months for the driving offences.

He was also banned from driving again for two years.

The judge heard that Hussain was hit so hard that the baseball bat broke in two and he noted that the provocation in the case was greater than usual.

But he said the injury suffered by Mr Ahmed was serious and a prison sentence had to follow for a knife attack on a man who was disarmed.