Twin sons of prominent councillor convicted of armed street attack

Twin sons of prominent councillor convicted of armed street attack

NO COMMENT: Cllr Abid Hussain

CONVICTED: Leaving Bradford Crown Court are (left to right) Aqeeb Khalifa, Hassan Hussain and Mohsin Hussain

CONVICTED: Leaving Bradford Crown Court are (left to right) Aqeeb Khalifa, Hassan Hussain and Mohsin Hussain

First published in News

The twin sons of a prominent Bradford councillor have been given suspended custodial sentences after admitting an armed street attack.

Nineteen-year-olds Mohsin and Hassan Hussain - whose father is Keighley Central Labour Cllr Abid Hussain - had pickaxe handles, while a third defendant, Aqeeb Khalifa, was armed with a baseball bat during the attack.

Bradford Crown Court was told yesterday that the victim, Ibrar Ahmed, was in Belgrave Road, Keighley, at 7pm on August 14 last year, when he saw the three defendants, who he recognised, approaching him.

Prosecutor Angus McDonald said all three participated in assaulting Mr Ahmed. They ran off when passers by intervened.

Mr McDonald said the prosecution knew no motive for the attack. Mr Ahmed suffered bruising to his head, upper body and legs.

The prosecutor said that while on bail Mohsin Hussain committed an offence of dangerous driving. Police saw him driving his brother's BMW at a fast speed in Lawkholme Lane, Keighley, and followed him.

Mr McDonald said that at one stage Mohsin accelerated away at 77mph in a 30mph limit, driving through a series of traffic lights, which were not on red, at speed, and on the wrong side of a traffic island, before turning into a residential street and becoming blocked by another vehicle. He stopped in a churchyard and ran off but was caught after a short chase.

He made full admissions to police, but all three defendants made no comment about the assault.

Hassan Hussain and Khalifa, 21, had no previous convictions. Mohsin Hussain had a single group of convictions in 2013 for using a vehicle without insurance or a licence and resisting a constable.

All three, all of Devonshire Street, Keighley, pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm.

Mohsin also admitted dangerous driving. His barrister, Yunus Valli, said his client was about to start his final year at university studying criminology.

Mr Valli said his inmaturity and lack of thinking led him to get involved in the assault. It was an impulsive reaction and misguided loyalty towards other family members. His driving had been sheer stupidity.

Tim Capstick, for Hassan Hussain, said he was doing a criminology degree. He had lost his good character but had been out of trouble since.

Shufqat Khan, for Khalifa, said he was a young man in work who engaged in Asian arm wrestling on a professional level.

Sentencing them, Judge Colin Burn said it was a brutal joint attack in which a weapon or weapons were used.

He told Mohsin nobody had been injured by his dangerous driving, but it was always the case that it was sheer luck someone was not badly injured or worse.

Hassan Hussain and Khalifa were given nine months custody suspended for two years, with 200 hours unpaid community work.

Moshin Hussain was given a 12-month sentence suspended for two years, with 250 hours unpaid work. He was banned from driving for a year and ordered to take an extended retest.

In November 2012, another of Cllr Hussain's sons, Majid Hussain, then 28, was jailed for 15 months for deliberately ramming his car into a parked car in Devonshire Street, crushing a man's leg as he tried to get out of the parked vehicle.

Cllr Hussain is chairman of the Miscellaneous Licenses Panel and deputy chairman of Keighley and Shipley Area Planning Panel.

He also sits on a number of other committees.

Last night, when asked for a comment about his sons' convictions, Cllr Hussain, also of Devonshire Street, said: "I cannot make any comment. They do not live here any more. They are over 16, they can look after themselves."

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