A man has joined his brother in jail for unprovoked street violence in which he punched a gay man unconscious.

Wasiq Rehman, 30, was locked up for a total of 18 months for assault occasioning actual bodily harm and a later offence of dangerous driving.

His brother, Saqib Rehman, 32, was jailed for nine months in January for the joint attack on the man outside a Bradford takeaway on September 17, 2017.

Wasiq Rehman was poorly in Pakistan when his brother was jailed. They had travelled there to attend their father’s funeral and his absence was agreed by the court.

The Recorder of Bradford, Judge Richard Mansell QC, said the brothers, of Fairbank Road, Girlington, Bradford, were responsible for an “unprovoked and vicious” assault.

Both pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm on Morley Street but it was conceded that Wasiq Rehman began the attack.

During the violence, in which a third unidentified man stamped on the victim’s head, one of the group shouted “gay bas****s,” the court was told.

Judge Mansell said the assault victim was a gay man out with his partner and a friend in Bradford city centre.

He was standing outside a takeaway waiting for a taxi when the brothers turned up to order some food.

Wasiq Rehman confronted the victim about the behaviour of someone else in his group. He wasn’t offered any threat or hostility when he punched him several times knocking him down in the road.

The man was dazed and defenceless when Saqib Rehman then hit him, a third man stamped on him and Wasiq Rehman punched him unconscious.

The victim said he was no longer as confident especially when out on his own.

Judge Mansell said Wasiq Rehman committed the offences of dangerous driving and driving uninsured and without a licence on June 16, 2018, while under police investigation for the assault.

He was at the wheel of a white BMW at 3am when someone threw litter from the car.

When questioned by the police, he reversed at speed and drove off, hitting a parked vehicle. He was apprehended shortly afterwards after he crashed into a wall.

Andrew Dallas said in mitigation that Rehman had committed no further offences since 2018.

He was very remorseful in a letter to the judge and when speaking to his probation officer.

Rehman would find prison especially difficult during the coronavirus pandemic and when his wife was expecting their first child.

He was jailed for 12 months for the assault and six months to run consecutively for dangerous driving.

Rehman was banned from driving for 21 months.