Two men have been jailed for the terrifying attack on a local cab firm rival which left a man needing 12 stitches to his neck.
The shocking attack, which took place in a Bradford cab office, was caught on CCTV, with the footage used as evidence in court.
Footage of the brutal assault, which took place on Christmas Day of last year, was shown to a crown court judge and showed three men bursting their way into the office of local cab firm A&M Taxis in Thornton Road. 33-year-old Mohammed Shabir was working alone in the office when his attackers entered.
Mr Shabir was set upon and punched repeatedly as he sat in his chair.
One of the attackers then grabbed a craft knife from the desk and slashed Mr Shabir across the back of his neck, leaving him needing 12 stitches to close the wound. Prosecutor Alisha Kaye, told Bradford Crown Court that two cars, containing eight masked or hooded men, had pulled up outside the office at about 9pm on Christmas Day, the Telegraph and Argus reported. 29-year-old Faisal Munir Hussain, and family friend Qasim Ali, 34, along with a third man, who is yet to be identified, had gone into the office with the intent to assault Mr Shabir.
Miss Kaye said Ali was heard telling Hussain to “whack him”. The court heard Hussain repeatedly punched Mr Shabir before picking up the knife and slashing the back of his neck. Ali’s barrister, Elyas Patel, said the incident was provoked by an attack that had taken place at another cab firm’s office the previous day.
He said: “Of course it can never be right or justifiable to engage in a reprisal attack of some sort or indeed to take the law into one’s own hands. “But the events of the day before make plain that this wasn’t an unprovoked attack. Their sense of grievance was real.” Four other men are due to appear in court next month, charged with affray. Hussain, of Bradford, pleaded guilty to a charge of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm and was jailed for five years and five months. Ali, also of Bradford, admitted a lesser unlawful wounding charge and he was sentenced to 14 months. Barrister Ian Brook, representing Hussain, described the neck wound as “superficial” and pointed out that his client had not brought the knife with him and just grabbed it and used it "on the spur of the moment". The court heard various testimonials for both men which highlighted their charity and community work. Judge Jonathon Gibson accepted there had been some provocation due to the first attack on another cab office but stressed that fact proved it was in a sense a "revenge attack". Jailing both men, he said: “The background relates to on-going disputes between two taxi firms in this city. “I understand members of the rival firm have been charged with affray arising out of an earlier incident. However of course having said that you had no right to assault Mr Shabir who was working as a taxi controller on his own in his office at the rival firm that night. “All of your actions were caught on CCTV and I have viewed the CCTV which shows a violent and vicious attack although the attack itself only lasted for a very short period of time.”
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