HERE'S this week's round-up of who has been jailed this week in Bradford:

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:


A MAN has been jailed for four years for kidnapping a Bradford schoolboy and demanding a £10,000 ransom from his mother, writes Jenny Loweth.

The child was bundled into a car driven by Muhammed Khubaib and he was crying when ordered to tell her to hand over the money or “he wouldn’t be coming home.”

Khubaib, 22, of Florence Street, Bradford Moor, Bradford, pleaded guilty to kidnapping the boy from outside a takeaway in the city in May and making an unwarranted demand of £10,000 with menaces.

Prosecutor Laura McBride told Bradford Crown Court today that the teenage victim was targeted because the gang of four kidnappers believed he had recently come into some money.

Khubaib, a mobile tyre fitter, drove his accomplices to the takeaway in his Toyota Auris where they watched the boy until he came out on to the street.

One of Khubaib’s passengers then approached him, put his hand over his mouth and punched him to get him into the car.

The boy resisted but he was bundled into the back seat between two of the kidnappers.

A customer at the takeaway noted down the registration number and called the police.

The kidnappers took the boy’s bag and phone off him.

Khubaib operated the central locking and at one stage turned round and hit him in the face with a glove filled with sand.

His mother was called and the boy told her to draw out the money.

One of the men said: “So you’re gonna call your mum and (inaudible) £10,000 out right now, or else you’re not going home.”

They agreed to hand back the bag and the phone in return for £900 but they never did, Miss McBride said.

Khubaib drove to the teenager’s address and his mother handed over the £900. He was then freed from the car.

The court heard that the boy had since moved away from the Bradford area.

Khubaib’s barrister, Shufqat Khan, said he wasn’t the ringleader.

“He’s learned the hard way that you are the company you keep,” he told the court.

Khubaib was from a very respectable family who were “distraught and mortified” by what he had done but were in court to support him.

“He may have been carried along by more criminally minded associates,” Mr Khan said.

No member of Khubaib’s family had ever been in trouble before and they were left shocked, horrified and disappointed.

The Recorder of Bradford, Judge Richard Mansell QC, said Khubaib and his associates watched the boy, waiting for the moment to strike.

Khubaib was “a prime mover” driving the child away and hitting him in the face with the sand-filled glove.

The boy had now moved out of the area and felt he had lost control of his life, Judge Mansell said.

Khubaib’s prison sentence was to punish him and to deter others from committing similar crimes.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:


A FORMER soldier has been jailed for three and a half years for attacking a man with a table leg in Bradford city centre and discharging an imitation firearm in the street, writes Jenny Loweth.

Jamie Turpin got the wrong man when he broke his victim’s wrist in the assault at a bus shelter in John Street on July 12 last year, Bradford Crown Court heard today.

Turpin, 34, of Bolton Hall Road, Bradford, stopped his Renault Clio and set about him with a long piece of wood, thought to be a table leg, prosecutor Tom Storey said.

He believed the innocent bystander had burgled his tattoo shop but he had nothing to do with the crime.

Turpin hit him several times, breaking his left wrist when he put up his arm to protect himself and continuing the attack when he had gone to the ground.

When told at the scene by the victim’s friends that he had the wrong man, Turpin apologised. The injured man said it was a bit late for that, Mr Storey told the court.

He was taken by taxi to Bradford Royal Infirmary where a cast was put on his broken wrist.

Turpin was arrested and told the police he thought the man had raided his shop. He added that the attack was “a moment of madness.”

He went on to commit an offence of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence on April 27.

Turpin rang an ex-partner before 6am saying he was outside her father’s address with a shotgun.

She heard three shots being discharged and was terrified because Turpin was ex-army and had told her previously that he had killed people.

She pleaded with him to stop and rang her father to make sure he was all right.

The police arrived at Turpin’s home at 6.45am. He brandished a knife through a window and then produced a knuckle duster.

His Audi A3 was found abandoned in Shipley with a blank firing handgun in it.

He had taken cocaine and cannabis and drunk half a bottle of Jack Daniel’s whiskey before committing the offence.

He had five convictions for ten offences, including criminal damage and battery.

Turpin pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and the imitation firearm offence.

His barrister, Gerald Hendron, said he had served his country for a prolonged period in the armed forces. After leaving the army, he was vulnerable and suffered mental health problems exacerbated by his use of cocaine.

He had been frank with the police and the probation service and it was hoped that he had learned his lesson after being held on remand in Leeds Prison. It was his first taste of custody, Mr Hendron said,

The Recorder of Bradford, Judge Richard Mansell QC, jailed Turpin for 18 months for the gbh and two years for the firearm offence, the sentences to run consecutively.

He made an indefinite restraining order to protect the woman and her father from him in the future.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:


A MAN has been jailed following a spate of burglaries and shop thefts in Bradford, York and the West Midlands.

Paul Capuvanno, 51, was told to ‘sort himself out’ by the judge after he was jailed for the offences committed between 2018 and earlier this year. He is reported to be suffering from an underlying personality disorder and delusional and paranoid traits caused by long-term use of class A drugs, including crack cocaine, heroin and ecstasy, during his years of offending.

He faced 17 charges including for burglary, possession of class A drugs, assaulting an emergency worker and shop and charity box thefts.

He faced charges of stealing charity boxes from a Morrisons store and a fish and chip shop in 2020.

Other charges he faced included for burglaries at two restaurants in December 2020. In the first, at Aldo’s Italian Restaurant in Harrogate Road, Greengates, Bradford, he stole two bottles of wine, £200 cash, a black jacket, Air Max trainers and an iPhone worth £360.

He also broke into Kashmiri Bazaar, Barkerend Road, Bradford, stealing a till tray to the value of £150.

Capuvanno also tried to enter DIY in Pawson Street, Bradford, via its roof with intent to steal. But the building’s alarm was triggered by him and staff came on-site to confront him before he could go inside.

He also headbutted an emergency worker, namely a police officer, on one of the occasions he was arrested, Bradford Crown Court heard on Tuesday, October 12.

He broke into the Victoria pub in Bradford, on September 12, 2019, where he smashed a window and a door, stole £788 from a till and £38 from a charity box.

He was arrested by police in possession of seven wraps of heroin, was charged with possession of a bladed article, a knife, on Parratt Row, Bradford, on February 20, 2021.

Capuvanno was told he will serve less than half of that sentence before being released on licence. This was reduced as he has already been tagged for more than 200 days last year.

He broke into the Deli Cafe in Thornton Road, Bradford, and McDonald’s in Kirkgate, Bradford, at night, smashing windows at both sites to steal charity boxes from both.

In more of the charges, Capuvanno, and his ex-wife Donna Capuvanno, travelled by taxi to York to commit shop thefts in November 2018. The latter has already been sentenced for the offences.

They stole £651 worth of items from Asda and TK Maxx at Monk Cross Shopping Centre in York, where they used pliers to remove security labels, then taking them to the taxi they had arrived in to go back and commit more thefts.

They later returned to York to steal clothing, worth a total of £360, from a Marks & Spencer and were caught on the store’s CCTV putting the stolen items into a holdall. They committed these offences on bail, just hours after they had appeared before magistrates’ court in the city.

In another charge, Paul Capuvanno drove to Worcester on October 24, 2019, and broke into a house in the city during the daytime, smashing a window pane, setting off the home’s alarm, alerting neighbours, but not before he had stolen jewellery worth £13,000, but did drop some of it.

He was jailed for a total of two years five months for the burglary he committed in Worcester, while 10 of the other charges he admitted are to run concurrently and the remaining six of the 17 charges will lie on file. He will serve half that period, 14.5 months, less time on remand which amounts to about eight months.

In mitigation, the court heard Capuvanno has been unwell ‘for a large period of the time he has offended’.

His mitigating solicitor said: “If he is to put his life in order, he needs to sort himself out and keep away from prohibited substances.

“He is in a much better physical and mental shape than he has been for a very long time.”

The Recorder of Bradford, Judge Richard Mansell QC, told Capuvanno: “It is time to sort yourself out.

“You are in a different place now. At 51, you face a choice now where to go next

“The offending here was committed to finance your drug habit.

“You are living proof, if it were needed, of the evils of controlled drugs, particularly class A drugs, heroin and crack cocaine, which you started abusing at least 17 years ago in around 2004, if not before.

“Not only has it led you down the path of a life of crime but it has seriously and adversely affected your mental health.

“In truth, you have been a regular offender for years now and it has largely been down to your abuse of controlled drugs.

“I am not unsympathetic to the plight you have found yourself in and I suspect you have run up drugs debts, or fallen in with bad people, which may have motivated your offending.”