Halifax man found guilty of stabbing schoolboy with screwdriver

Scales of justice
Scales of justice

A Halifax motorist who knocked down and killed a pedestrian in Bradford has also been found guilty of stabbing a teenage schoolboy in the back with a screwdriver a few months later.

Anees Asghar, 25, of Gibraltar Road, was today remanded in custody by a judge after a jury at Bradford Crown Court convicted him of wounding the 15-year-old boy with intent to do him grievous bodily harm.

The stabbing took place in the Mile Cross Road area of Halifax in January 2012 just a few months after uninsured Asghar collided with pedestrian Andrew Simpson, 39, as he crossed Great Horton Road.

Earlier today while the jury were still out deliberating on the wounding charge, Asghar went into another courtroom to plead guilty to causing the death of Mr Simpson by careless driving on October 1, 2011.

Asghar also admitted causing the death while uninsured.

Late this afternoon the jury in the wounding trial returned unanimous guilty verdicts on Asghar in respect of the stabbing and a related allegation of affray.

His 23-year-old brother Nafees, of the same address, was also found guilty of affray.

During the trial the court heard how the 14-year-old victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, suffered a punctured lung after being stabbed in the back of the left shoulder during a street confrontation.

A third brother Ateeq Asghar, 29, also of the same address, was found not guilty of affray.

Anees Asghar was remanded in custody by Recorder Christopher Attwooll and told to expect a substantial prison sentence for the offences.

Nafees Asghar, who was granted conditional bail, will have to return to court with his brother on August 19 for sentence.