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.