Jail for Halifax brothers who carried out street slash attacks

Jailed: Shazad Ibrar, of Paddock Lane, Halifax
Jailed: Shazad Ibrar, of Paddock Lane, Halifax

Two Halifax brothers who were involved in a street attack which left their victim needing 70 stitches in a slash wound across his face have been given extended prison sentences totalling 14 years.

Akaash Ibrar, 19, slashed Bilal Ahmed with a knife during a planned attack in broad daylight last July and on Wednesday a judge decided that both the teenager and his elder brother Shazad, 27, should be classed as dangerous offenders.

Jailed: Akaash Ibrar, of Paddock Lane, Halifax

Jailed: Akaash Ibrar, of Paddock Lane, Halifax

Recorder Tim Kerr QC described Shazad Ibrar, a convicted drug dealer, as the ringleader even though he did not strike the blow which injured Mr Ahmed last July.

The judge told Akaash that his admiration for his older brother had landed him in prison, but he noted that the teenager still blamed the victims of their violence for the cowardly attack on Mr Ahmed.

Recorder Kerr said he felt sorry for the brothers’ parents who would have to bear the pain of their wrong-doing, but he felt more sorry for Bilal Ahmed.

“Nothing could excuse you cutting his head that day,” said the judge.

Traffic was brought to a standstill and people with young children were forced to flee the violence. Behaviour like this will not be tolerated.

Bradford Crown Court heard how the brothers had arrived at Hopwood Lane separately, but Akaash had driven to the scene in a silver Jaguar with weapons in it.

Recorder Kerr said Akaash had used one of the weapons to cause horrific injuries to Mr Ahmed, but he stressed that the brothers were “in it together” and that a jury had concluded that Shazad Ibrar had been part of a joint enterprise. Shazad Ibrar had also attacked Mr Ahmed’s brother Ibrar Ali during the violence and he pleaded guilty to a charge of assault.

Recorder Kerr said he was satisfied that Shazad Ibrar wielded a wheel brace during the disturbance, which was witnessed by innocent members of the public, but he accepted that it had not be used to inflict injuries.

The judge said Akaash Ibrar looked up to his older brother and he had led him astray. The Recorder told Shazad Ibrar that he had beaten up Mr Ali very badly and he completely rejected his claims to have been acting in self defence.

The brothers, both of Paddock Lane, were also sentenced for an offence of affray which the judge described as “near the top of the scale” because of the unrestrained public violence used by them.

Shazad Ibrar, who was already subject to a six-month suspended jail sentence at the time of the violence last summer, was sentenced to an extended prison term of seven years for the offences of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, assault and affray, but Recorder Kerr said he would have to serve the additional six months from the suspended sentence.

His brother Akaash received an extended prison sentence totalling six years for the offences of wounding with intent to cause GBH and affray, but was given a further six months in jail for possessing a Stanley knife in a public place when he was arrested 10 days after the street disturbance.

Although both men will be serving lengthy prison terms Recorder Kerr also ordered that each of them should pay compensation of £2,500 to Mr Ahmed and Shazad Ibrar should pay the same amount to Ibrar Ali.

Speaking after the case Detective Inspector Gary Stephenson, of Calderdale CID, said: “This was a totally uncalled for attack in broad daylight and can I make it clear, not two families in dispute.

“Traffic was brought to a standstill and people with young children were forced to flee the violence.

“Behaviour like this will not be tolerated and the positive actions that were taken in the community at the time have resulted in the imprisonment handed down.”________________________________________________