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Canterbury and Great Horton trio assaulted worker sleeping alone in shop
Three Bradford brothers have been jailed for a night-time raid on a fish and chip shop, in which a worker was attacked.
Nasir Khan, a student who worked part time at the shop, had been sleeping at Southfield fish and chips, in Little Horton, while his boss was away.
Philip, Matthew and Rod Scott had been out drinking and singing karaoke before carrying out the robbery in the early hours of February 27 this year, Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday.
The brothers had been aware, the court was told, that the owner would not be at the shop.
Mr Khan was woken up at about 1.30am by bangs at the side door, prosecutor Dave MacKay told the court.
He made noises to try and deter the men from entering but they broke in, the court heard, using a pickaxe which was found discarded outside.
Philip Scott punched Mr Khan in the face and demanded money, the court heard.
Another of the brothers joined in with the assault, while the other brother did not.
The court was told by David Dixon, mitigating for Rod Scott, that it was Rod who had not been involved in attacking Mr Khan.
Mr MacKay told the court an estimated £3,000 damage had been done to the shop. About £100 had been taken from the till and some money and a phone belonging to Mr Khan were taken.
The prosecutor said Mr Khan was scared of going out and his college work was affected by the incident.
Sentencing Philip to four years in prison, and Matthew and Rod to three-and-a-half years, Recorder Simon Jackson QC said: “There were three of you involved, two of you principally involved in attacking this man, who was on his own and therefore vulnerable, at night.”
The court was told by the brothers’ barristers that Philip and Rod were regretful of their actions, and that Matthew had been making efforts to live a suitable lifestyle.