Robber with “handclaws” who targeted teenagers in Halifax park is jailed for more than six years

An armed robber who used “handclaws” to threaten two teenagers in a Halifax park has been jailed by a judge for more than six years.

Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 10:52 am
Ahteeq Hussain

Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday (Tues) that the attack in March this year was the second time that Ahteeq Hussain, 28, had committed an offence in People’s Park.

Back in 2013 Hussain and two others had “ganged up” on a young man in the same park and the defendant was sent to prison for a year after he repeatedly punched their victim fracturing his jaw.

In March this year Hussain, of Hyde Park, King Cross, Halifax, armed himself with two knuckledusters, which had metal “fingers” attached, and used them as he confronted a 17-year-old youth and the 16-year-old girl he was with.

Judge Neil Davey QC said the pair could plainly see the weapons in Hussain’s hands and he demanded money from them telling the young man:”Give me your money or I’ll stab your girlfriend.”

“Understandably they were both terrified,” said Judge Davey.

Hussain repeated the threat and the teenager took his £35 birthday money out of his pocket and handed it to the defendant.

Following the robbery the teenagers alerted their parents and the police and Hussain was soon arrested after he tried to run off, but was tripped up by a construction worker.

In victim impact statements the teenagers described suffering from anxiety and flashbacks as a result of the robbery and Judge Davey said it was plain that the psychological harm continued to this day.

The judge said Hussain had caused serious psychological harm to both his victims and there was no doubt that they had been targeted because they were seen as vulnerable.

Hussain admitted charges of robbery and possession of offensive weapons and Judge Davey jailed him for a total of six years and six months.

The judge decided not to sentence Hussain as a potentially dangerous offender because there was an eight-year gap in his offending and there had been no actual physical violence inflicted during the latest crime.