Mother and son told to face long jail term for neighbour attack in Canterbury, Bradford

Nadeem Nawaz

Nadeem Nawaz

First published in News by , T&A Reporter

A man and his 63-year-old mother have been warned to expect long prison sentences after a jury found them guilty of an attack on their next-door neighbour that left him fighting for life with 16 stab wounds.

Nadeem Nawaz, 25, of Ringwood Road, Canterbury, Bradford, was remanded in custody after he was yesterday convicted of attempting to murder Mohammed “Raza” Shah in the street shortly after midnight on September 30 last year.

His mother, Fazilat Nawaz, also of Ringwood Road, was convicted of wounding Mr Shah, 26, with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm.

She struck Mr Shah with her shoe while he was being attacked by her son.

Fazilat Nawaz was rebailed until she and her son are sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on April 28.

Her daughter, Shazmeen Nawaz, 32, of Chelwood Drive, Lower Grange, Bradford, walked free from the dock after she was acquitted by the jury of causing Mr Shah grievous bodily harm with intent and an alternative charge of unlawful wounding.

Family members wept in court as Judge Peter Benson said: “In both cases, there will inevitably be a substantial sentence of custody.”

Nadeem Nawaz and his mother remained impassive in the dock but two young women left the courtroom and anguished screaming could be heard outside.

David Gordon, for the Crown, said there was a victim impact statement from Mr Shah to be read by the judge at the sentencing hearing.

Judge Benson extended Fazilat Nawaz’s bail with the conditions that she sleeps every night at a house in Allerton, Bradford, obeys an overnight curfew order, does not contact Mr Shah or any prosecution witnesses and does not enter the Canterbury Estate in Bradford.

She was also ordered to surrender her passport and any other travel documents to the police. Fazilat Nawaz’s barrister, Rodney Ferm, asked for a probation service report to be prepared in her case.

Nadeem Nawaz’s barrister, Derek Duffy, said the attack was “a few minutes of madness, totally out of character.”

Soon after the jury retired to begin considering its verdicts yesterday morning, they wrote a note to Judge Benson asking to see the knife that Nadeem Nawaz used to stab Mr Shah, the shoes Fazilat Nawaz was wearing that night and the jacket Mr Shah had on when he was attacked.

The knife, kept in a cylindrical plastic carton, was examined by the jurors in court.

The shoes and a photograph of Mr Shah’s jacket were taken to the jury room after the panel had again retired.

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2:22am Sat 5 Apr 14

Raj2121 says...

I know this chap, his neighbour was bullying him, but he got carried away with the knife, i feel sorry for his mother.
I know this chap, his neighbour was bullying him, but he got carried away with the knife, i feel sorry for his mother. Raj2121
  • Score: -24

1:00pm Sat 5 Apr 14

mrs walker says...

Raj2121 wrote:
I know this chap, his neighbour was bullying him, but he got carried away with the knife, i feel sorry for his mother.
Then he should have complained to the authorities - even if they did nothing, the issue would have been on record. As soon as you arm yourself with a lethal weapon, you're in the wrong. And 'carried away' seems a bit of an understatement. He stabbed the guy sixteen times, while his mum joined in - and committed perjury! Realistically, what other verdict could you expect a jury to return?
[quote][p][bold]Raj2121[/bold] wrote: I know this chap, his neighbour was bullying him, but he got carried away with the knife, i feel sorry for his mother.[/p][/quote]Then he should have complained to the authorities - even if they did nothing, the issue would have been on record. As soon as you arm yourself with a lethal weapon, you're in the wrong. And 'carried away' seems a bit of an understatement. He stabbed the guy sixteen times, while his mum joined in - and committed perjury! Realistically, what other verdict could you expect a jury to return? mrs walker
  • Score: 13

2:12pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Realtruth says...

I have been following this story. The guy was stabbed 16 times, How could there be any other outcome?

As for the comment from Raj121 that the attempted murder was due to bullying...

The mother stated in court that this was due to parking issues. She also said that only one time had this caused an issue & she shouted from the bedroom window and the victim moved his vehicle.

Neither mother nor son mentioned any ongoing bullying etc.

As I said, I've been following this story on the T & A. My overall assessment of it is that the victim is lucky to be alive; it's a miracle he didn't die and the people who did this & those wishing to comment on this who know them should be realistic and be thankful that it wasn't a murder charge.
I have been following this story. The guy was stabbed 16 times, How could there be any other outcome? As for the comment from Raj121 that the attempted murder was due to bullying... The mother stated in court that this was due to parking issues. She also said that only one time had this caused an issue & she shouted from the bedroom window and the victim moved his vehicle. Neither mother nor son mentioned any ongoing bullying etc. As I said, I've been following this story on the T & A. My overall assessment of it is that the victim is lucky to be alive; it's a miracle he didn't die and the people who did this & those wishing to comment on this who know them should be realistic and be thankful that it wasn't a murder charge. Realtruth
  • Score: 21

4:27pm Sat 5 Apr 14

gracie field says...

raj2121 this is England you know we have legal ways to deal with anyone committing a crime. anyone carrying a knife bin our country is a criminal never mind stabbing a person 16 times with it.

i dont care if they were bullied or not the crime is he and his mother used weapons to harm another human.

both should be locked up for a long time and shown we do not accept this type of behaviour from anyone. too many people use stupid pathetic excuses for why they committed a crime and its time these pathetic excuses were totally ignored and treated as desperate lies to try and reduce sentence.

what kind of woman would deliberately harm another person anyway? this women is the lowest of the low in my view as she should have stopped her son from committing this dreadful crime which is going to see him suffering for years in prison.

i would have stood in front of the man and protected him from harm and in turn protect my own child from being a criminal. i would never allow a child of mine to risk being put in prison because i am their mother and my job is to protect my child throughout his life from being a victim and also prevent him from being a criminal.

both think they live in a backward village in an uncivilised country but im sorry this country wont put up with such disgusting and uncivilised behaviour. they are both depraved and evil people.
raj2121 this is England you know we have legal ways to deal with anyone committing a crime. anyone carrying a knife bin our country is a criminal never mind stabbing a person 16 times with it. i dont care if they were bullied or not the crime is he and his mother used weapons to harm another human. both should be locked up for a long time and shown we do not accept this type of behaviour from anyone. too many people use stupid pathetic excuses for why they committed a crime and its time these pathetic excuses were totally ignored and treated as desperate lies to try and reduce sentence. what kind of woman would deliberately harm another person anyway? this women is the lowest of the low in my view as she should have stopped her son from committing this dreadful crime which is going to see him suffering for years in prison. i would have stood in front of the man and protected him from harm and in turn protect my own child from being a criminal. i would never allow a child of mine to risk being put in prison because i am their mother and my job is to protect my child throughout his life from being a victim and also prevent him from being a criminal. both think they live in a backward village in an uncivilised country but im sorry this country wont put up with such disgusting and uncivilised behaviour. they are both depraved and evil people. gracie field
  • Score: 14

5:37pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Super Hero says...

gracie field wrote:
raj2121 this is England you know we have legal ways to deal with anyone committing a crime. anyone carrying a knife bin our country is a criminal never mind stabbing a person 16 times with it. i dont care if they were bullied or not the crime is he and his mother used weapons to harm another human. both should be locked up for a long time and shown we do not accept this type of behaviour from anyone. too many people use stupid pathetic excuses for why they committed a crime and its time these pathetic excuses were totally ignored and treated as desperate lies to try and reduce sentence. what kind of woman would deliberately harm another person anyway? this women is the lowest of the low in my view as she should have stopped her son from committing this dreadful crime which is going to see him suffering for years in prison. i would have stood in front of the man and protected him from harm and in turn protect my own child from being a criminal. i would never allow a child of mine to risk being put in prison because i am their mother and my job is to protect my child throughout his life from being a victim and also prevent him from being a criminal. both think they live in a backward village in an uncivilised country but im sorry this country wont put up with such disgusting and uncivilised behaviour. they are both depraved and evil people.
Ohh so stabbing/shooting/GB
H doesn't normally occur in the UK by non ethnic minorities? Its only done by people who think they are in or from a foreign place?

Ar**holes like you make me laugh!!!
[quote][p][bold]gracie field[/bold] wrote: raj2121 this is England you know we have legal ways to deal with anyone committing a crime. anyone carrying a knife bin our country is a criminal never mind stabbing a person 16 times with it. i dont care if they were bullied or not the crime is he and his mother used weapons to harm another human. both should be locked up for a long time and shown we do not accept this type of behaviour from anyone. too many people use stupid pathetic excuses for why they committed a crime and its time these pathetic excuses were totally ignored and treated as desperate lies to try and reduce sentence. what kind of woman would deliberately harm another person anyway? this women is the lowest of the low in my view as she should have stopped her son from committing this dreadful crime which is going to see him suffering for years in prison. i would have stood in front of the man and protected him from harm and in turn protect my own child from being a criminal. i would never allow a child of mine to risk being put in prison because i am their mother and my job is to protect my child throughout his life from being a victim and also prevent him from being a criminal. both think they live in a backward village in an uncivilised country but im sorry this country wont put up with such disgusting and uncivilised behaviour. they are both depraved and evil people.[/p][/quote]Ohh so stabbing/shooting/GB H doesn't normally occur in the UK by non ethnic minorities? Its only done by people who think they are in or from a foreign place? Ar**holes like you make me laugh!!! Super Hero
  • Score: 3

5:21pm Sun 27 Apr 14

henjni says...

Raj2121 wrote:
I know this chap, his neighbour was bullying him, but he got carried away with the knife, i feel sorry for his mother.
I totally agree with you! I feel for the family. They put up with so much for too long. The whole neighbourhood did nothing to help theme :(
[quote][p][bold]Raj2121[/bold] wrote: I know this chap, his neighbour was bullying him, but he got carried away with the knife, i feel sorry for his mother.[/p][/quote]I totally agree with you! I feel for the family. They put up with so much for too long. The whole neighbourhood did nothing to help theme :( henjni
  • Score: -12

10:43pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Realtruth says...

Wow, there are comments on here feeling sorry for the guy and his mother who stabbed someone 16 times. How shameful.

It is a heinous crime and both deserve to get a hefty sentence.
Wow, there are comments on here feeling sorry for the guy and his mother who stabbed someone 16 times. How shameful. It is a heinous crime and both deserve to get a hefty sentence. Realtruth
  • Score: 11

11:38pm Sun 27 Apr 14

henjni says...

You have no idea what the truth is! You can't sit back and talk the talk when you clearly have no idea about what went on for about 10 years. The family in question were living between the 'victims' extended family spread in four houses where three are literally sandwiching the accused home. They were constantly being abused because they wanted that house by terrorising them. The sad thing is, no one did anything because the 'victim's' family are thugs and bullies and kept everyone in place.
I'm not condoning the outcome of the abuse. Just sad, realise that being made an outcast in a neighbourhood with no one to help you for about 10 years, leads someone taking desperate actions!! I definitely know who lead this man to go insane! :'(
You have no idea what the truth is! You can't sit back and talk the talk when you clearly have no idea about what went on for about 10 years. The family in question were living between the 'victims' extended family spread in four houses where three are literally sandwiching the accused home. They were constantly being abused because they wanted that house by terrorising them. The sad thing is, no one did anything because the 'victim's' family are thugs and bullies and kept everyone in place. I'm not condoning the outcome of the abuse. Just sad, realise that being made an outcast in a neighbourhood with no one to help you for about 10 years, leads someone taking desperate actions!! I definitely know who lead this man to go insane! :'( henjni
  • Score: -12

9:18am Mon 28 Apr 14

Realtruth says...

Go back to the comment from Mrs. Walker & Gracie Fields. The 'poor' people who committed the crime should have approached the relevant authorities if they've been struggling for 10 years. In a civil society in any country there are laws and rules (This has nothing to do with colour/race etc. as I see it). Even council estates where people are considered a nuisance have the power to evict troublesome tenants.

If the real victim (which is the guy who got stabbed 16 times by the way in case you've forgotten) was such a nuisance then they should have dealt with it appropriately.

As for feeling sorry for the perpetrators. Their sentence will be handed down soon, I m sure they and their supporters will have a long time to feel sorry for themselves.

Can't take the time - DON'T DO THE CRIME
Go back to the comment from Mrs. Walker & Gracie Fields. The 'poor' people who committed the crime should have approached the relevant authorities if they've been struggling for 10 years. In a civil society in any country there are laws and rules (This has nothing to do with colour/race etc. as I see it). Even council estates where people are considered a nuisance have the power to evict troublesome tenants. If the real victim (which is the guy who got stabbed 16 times by the way in case you've forgotten) was such a nuisance then they should have dealt with it appropriately. As for feeling sorry for the perpetrators. Their sentence will be handed down soon, I m sure they and their supporters will have a long time to feel sorry for themselves. Can't take the time - DON'T DO THE CRIME Realtruth
  • Score: 12

9:32am Mon 28 Apr 14

henjni says...

I've read all the comments. I stand by with what I've said. I am angry with the stabbing. I do not approve of the outcome. It could have been avoided or dealt with differently. Plus police were involved within the years. They didn't do anything. Plus you can't kick out someone from houses they've bought! The council couldn't do anything about that
I've read all the comments. I stand by with what I've said. I am angry with the stabbing. I do not approve of the outcome. It could have been avoided or dealt with differently. Plus police were involved within the years. They didn't do anything. Plus you can't kick out someone from houses they've bought! The council couldn't do anything about that henjni
  • Score: -12

11:13pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Yorkshirenproud says...

Just read the story about this mother and son due to be sentenced today so thought I'd check out all the backstory..

Must say T & A have done a sterling job reporting these events from day one.

Felt I would comment on here as there seem to be some misguided logic going on!

Specially seeing as I have always lived in a council house & am very proud to have done so.

1. I have personally had nuisance neighbours who owned their home. It is untrue to say that the police cannot do anything. They have a range of options that they can do, indeed people have been locked up in extreme cases. Councils also have a raft of measure they can use. I think it's best that if you are going to give an opinion at least make sure of your facts!

The police dealt with my neighbours perfectly well. I never felt that I should STAB them!!

However, as the friend/family of the two accused people seems hell bent on defending them I would refer to the comments from the accused and the friend/family person.

Comment a) the accused mother said there were no incidents bar 1 when she requested the victim move his van - which he did. read t&A back stories.
b) the friend/family person says the whole neighbourhood did nothing whilst the accused were being victimised. - What does that tell you? If everyone is getting along fine in the neighbourhood bar the accused perhaps the problem was them??
c) the victim terrorised the neighbourhood. Funny that. In court there is a thing called mitigating circumstances. If there was a culture of fear etc. this would have been brought up - it wasn't
d) the police have been alerted many times and did nothing. Hard to believe

This is why we have courts to assess the evidence. In this case this has been done. Accept the judgement.

As for the justification of stabbing someone 16 times - well I guess it must be really hard when a loved one does something so terrible.I get that friends and family must be hurting . They must be looking for reasons why and trying to excuse the inexcusable. . However, feeling the need to justify such an act is abhorrent to any decent bloke/woman.

Prison isn't just about retribution but rehabilitation too. Unless it is accepted what was done was wrong rather than excusing it then perhaps the accused and family and friends need to look long and hard at themselves.

Lastly, gotta say it. Council estates whether owned or not are wonderful places to be & have a real sense of community.
Just read the story about this mother and son due to be sentenced today so thought I'd check out all the backstory.. Must say T & A have done a sterling job reporting these events from day one. Felt I would comment on here as there seem to be some misguided logic going on! Specially seeing as I have always lived in a council house & am very proud to have done so. 1. I have personally had nuisance neighbours who owned their home. It is untrue to say that the police cannot do anything. They have a range of options that they can do, indeed people have been locked up in extreme cases. Councils also have a raft of measure they can use. I think it's best that if you are going to give an opinion at least make sure of your facts! The police dealt with my neighbours perfectly well. I never felt that I should STAB them!! However, as the friend/family of the two accused people seems hell bent on defending them I would refer to the comments from the accused and the friend/family person. Comment a) the accused mother said there were no incidents bar 1 when she requested the victim move his van - which he did. read t&A back stories. b) the friend/family person says the whole neighbourhood did nothing whilst the accused were being victimised. - What does that tell you? If everyone is getting along fine in the neighbourhood bar the accused perhaps the problem was them?? c) the victim terrorised the neighbourhood. Funny that. In court there is a thing called mitigating circumstances. If there was a culture of fear etc. this would have been brought up - it wasn't d) the police have been alerted many times and did nothing. Hard to believe This is why we have courts to assess the evidence. In this case this has been done. Accept the judgement. As for the justification of stabbing someone 16 times - well I guess it must be really hard when a loved one does something so terrible.I get that friends and family must be hurting . They must be looking for reasons why and trying to excuse the inexcusable. . However, feeling the need to justify such an act is abhorrent to any decent bloke/woman. Prison isn't just about retribution but rehabilitation too. Unless it is accepted what was done was wrong rather than excusing it then perhaps the accused and family and friends need to look long and hard at themselves. Lastly, gotta say it. Council estates whether owned or not are wonderful places to be & have a real sense of community. Yorkshirenproud
  • Score: 12

12:30am Tue 29 Apr 14

henjni says...

'Yorkshirenproud' ...
I didn't know the accused personally. Just saw on a daily basis what was going on between them all. It was unnecessary.
Reading your comment has made me think back on what I believe to be true. What you say is correct.
Even I was seriously shocked about why none of the bullying was mentioned in court when majority of the neighbourhood saw the bullying in action. Me included. It was vile and shameless.
'Yorkshirenproud' ... I didn't know the accused personally. Just saw on a daily basis what was going on between them all. It was unnecessary. Reading your comment has made me think back on what I believe to be true. What you say is correct. Even I was seriously shocked about why none of the bullying was mentioned in court when majority of the neighbourhood saw the bullying in action. Me included. It was vile and shameless. henjni
  • Score: -6

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