Two members of a burglary team have been jailed after they tried to break into two homes in Siddal.
Bradford men Samuel Pearson, 33, and Janaid Iqbal, 27, were both locked up at Bradford Crown Court earlier today (Monday) after a judge heard how they had disturbed householders who were asleep in their beds.
Pearson, of Sticker Lane, was jailed for three years and nine months after he admitted involvement in the two attempted burglaries and 27-year-old Iqbal, of, Sunningdale, was sent to prison for 20 months for his part in those two offences.
But Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC heard that Iqbal, who was also subject to a suspended prison sentence, had pleaded guilty to assaulting PC Shaun Leeson in July last year.
The officer had been hit with a broom handle and had a chunk of flesh bitten from his forearm by Iqbal during a violent attack near to the defendant’s Bradford home.
In March this year Iqbal’s 55-year-old father Javed had received a 12-month community order for punching the officer once and Judge Durham Hall jailed Janaid Iqbal for six months for his assault on PC Leeson.
The judge also activated four months of the suspended prison term meaning that Janaid Iqbal was jailed for a total of 30 months.
Prosecutor Mehran Nassiri told the court how a mother and her three children had been asleep in bed on the night of November 28 when she awoken by a bang and looked out of the window of her home in Chevinedge Crescent.
The two would-be intruders left the scene in a Peugeot van and the same vehicle was spotted a few minutes later near to another property in Halifax Road where the male occupier had been disturbed by banging on a door.
Within minutes of the two attempted break-ins the pair and their driver 27-year-old Mohammad Sakandar, of Hastings Street, Bradford, were all arrested when police stopped the van.
Judge Durham Hall heard that Pearson was a prolific offender with 26 convictions for almost 70 offences and the two attempted burglaries were committed at a time when he was still on licence following a 57-month prison sentence for conspiracy to burgle in 2012.
Lawyer Kam Dhesi, for Pearson, said he realised that he had wasted the best years of his life by committing offences and he had also wasted the early years of his two children.
Mr Desi said the stone-dresser was now determined to change his ways.
Barrister Shufqat Khan, for Iqbal, conceded that the attack on PC Leeson had been an appalling loss of self control by his client.
Jailing Pearson Judge Durham Hall warned him that if he came back to court again he faced sentences of six, seven or more years.
The judge remanded Sakandar in custody until June 26 for the preparation of a report by the probation service before passing sentence on him.