AN ESTRANGED young husband who instigated an armed attack which left his brother-in-law with a broken arm has been locked up for nearly five years.

Teenager Usman Sadiq took a masked accomplice, brandishing a 12-inch-long metal bar, to the home of his wife’s family, Bradford Crown Court was told.

The man struck at Saghir Hussain, who took the blow on his arm as he tried to protect himself.

Sentencing him to four years and eight months in a young offender institution, Judge Jonathan Rose told Sadiq, of Aireville Road, Frizinghall, that serious harm was caused “entirely at your instigation”.

He said: “People witnessed this group attack on a man who had done nothing to merit the violence meted out to him.”

The court heard Sadiq, 19, who was 18 at the time of the offence on September 14, had two previous convictions for robbery, one of which involved punching someone with the use of knuckle dusters and biting the victim.

He pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Mr Hussain and sending malicious messages.

Prosecutor Michael Smith said the offence came against the background of a failed marriage. There had been arguments, particularly about jewellery the defendant wished to be returned.

At 8.30pm on September 14, Sadiq went to his wife Simran Mehrose’s home in West Bowling, Bradford, and demanded to see her. He became aggressive and one of her brothers intervened. He left but threatened to come back and “call his mates”. Sadiq then sent threatening text messages.

He returned to the house at 9.30pm and demanded an apology when Saghir Hussain opened the door. Mr Hussain left the property to try to get the defendant away, but Sadiq shouted: “Get them now.”

Mr Smith said an unknown man wearing a balaclava mask then struck Mr Hussain with the bar. The defendant then ran off.

Mr Hussain suffered a wound and a fracture to his arm. He had stitches and was still having treatment.

Sadiq’s barrister, Andrew Espley, said his client was a young man who had lost his temper.

Judge Rose said the offence was aggravated as it was committed at night at the victim’s home Sentencing Sadiq, he told him: “You had made it quite plain from your threats that you had an intention to cause serious harm, if not more.”