Trial of Halifax brothers accused of attacks disrupted by snow

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The trial of two Halifax brothers accused of involvement in a spate of attacks has been delayed by travel problems caused by the snow.

The jury hearing the case against Akaash Ibrar, 19, and his 27-year-old brother Shazad had been due to start listening to the closing speeches from prosecution and defence counsel this morning (Thursday), but the trial at Bradford Crown Court was not able to start on time because some members of the jury were unable to get to court.

It was hoped that the trial could resume after lunch, but the bad weather was likely to mean that the jury would only be able to sit for a couple of hours this afternoon.

It is now expected that Recorder Tim Kerr QC will begin his summing up of the case tomorrow (Friday).

At the start of the trial on Monday prosecutor Patrick Palmer alleged that the brothers, of Paddock Lane, Halifax, 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 court heard the violence was as a result of escalating tensions between two sets of brothers.

Akaash allegedly attacked Shakeel Rehman - a friend of one of the rival brothers - at a garage on Hopwood Lane, Halifax, with a set of pruners used for gardening on July 19, 2014.

Mr Palmer said Mr Rehman’s injuries were so severe he required staples in the back of his head to seal the wound.

The following day, Akaash and two other men set on one of the rival brothers Asam Ali assaulting him with a wheel brace, leaving him with injuries to his face, body and shoulders, the prosecution alleged.

Later that day Asam’s brothers Bilal Ahmed and Ibral Ali went to confront the Ibrar brothers at Hopwood Lane.

Mr Palmer alleged that Akaash reached into the boot of a Silver S-Type Jaguar and retrieved a curved knife and gave an iron bar to his brother.

The court heard that Shazad “picked up and slammed Ibral to the floor like a wrestler” before beating him with the iron bar, and that Akaash “slashed Bilal across the face.”

He alleged that upon his arrest on August 1 Akaash was found to be in possession of Stanley knife.

Jurors were shown CCTV and mobile phone video footage of the alleged assault.

The brothers have denied charges of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm and assault.

Akaash has also denied possessing a blade in a public place.

The trial continues.