Jury in trial of Halifax brothers accused of assaults considering verdict

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The jury at the trial of two brothers accused of committing a series of assaults has been sent to consider its verdict today (Friday) at Bradford Crown Court.

Judge Tim Kerr QC this morning summarised the case against Akaash Ibrar, 19, and Shazad Ibrar, 27, of Paddock Lane, Halifax, who prosecutors allege had been involved in a number of assaults which saw one man being slashed across his face and another man being left with a serious head wound.

The pair have been on trial since Monday following their alleged involvement in three assaults on the streets of Halifax between July 21 and 22 last year.

The assaults all took place around Hopwood Lane and related to an escalation of a feud between two sets of rival brothers.

Akaash was arrested on August 1 at Northbridge Leisure Centre after police officers chased him through the corridors.

A Stanley knife was found in his possession when he was arrested which Akaash said was used for his work as a mechanic and was not a weapon.

The jury also heard that when Shazad was arrested on August 2 he gave a false name and date of birth to officers.

Judge Kerr told the jury that Akaash had not offered a defence against the charges and had made no comment during police interviews, but said Shazad had given an account that had been corroborated by an independent witness.

Akaash has been charged with two counts of wounding with intent, one count of assault causing actual bodily harm and one count of possessing a blade.

Shazad has been charged with one count of wounding with intent and one count of assault causing actual bodily harm.

The pair have denied all charges.