FIVE men from Blackburn have been sentenced to over 24 years in prison after being convicted of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm and violent disorder at Preston Crown Court following a serious assault in Blackburn in September last year.
The assault took place on the 12th September 2010, when a 19 year old man was the victim of a violent attack on Logwood Street where he was beaten about the head and body by multiple masked offenders using weapons.
His injuries included a fractured skull, fractured jaw, and severe brain trauma from which he remained under intensive care for a four day period prior to regaining consciousness.
Fortunately, he recovered and was later released from hospital to continue his recovery at home although he still suffers from the effects of the brain trauma.
On the first day of the trial on the 1st August 2011, four out of the five defendants pleaded guilty.
Sohail Ilyas, 19 of London Road and Amar Babar, 30, of no fixed address pleaded guilty to conspiracy to inflict grievous bodily harm and violent disorder.
Sohail Ilyas was sentenced to five years and five months for the conspiracy to inflict grievous bodily harm and two years for the violent disorder to run concurrently.
Amar Babar was sentenced to eight years for the conspiracy to inflict grievous bodily harm and two years and six months for the violent disorder, also to run concurrently.
At the same time, Babar was also given three months in prison for his involvement in a separate incident in July 2010.
Qasim Niaz, 19 of Oak Street and Ehsan Nazir, 19 of Whalley Street pleaded guilty to violent disorder. They were both been sentenced to nine months in prison.
At the end of the trial, the fifth defendant, Hamayun Nawaz, 24 of Oozehead Lane was found guilty by jury of violent disorder on Wednesday (10th August) and then the following day, the 11th August, he pleaded guilty to a further charge of taking revenge under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act. He was today sentenced to three years for the violent disorder and two years for the offence of taking revenge.
DCI Mark Gray of the Force Major Investigation Team said, “This was a brutal attack on a young man by a large number of people who were wielding weapons. The victim sustained extremely serious injuries that he has been extremely lucky to survive.
“I am extremely pleased with the sentences passed down today and I would like it to serve as warning to anyone who thinks serious violent crime is acceptable. Lancashire Constabulary is putting all its efforts into tackling this type of criminality and we will do all that is necessary in order to bring people to justice.
“I would like to reassure the people of Blackburn that incidents of this nature are very rare and often stem from on going feuds between known groups and normal law-abiding citizens are not targets for this kind of criminality.
“Lancashire Constabulary will not tolerate gang crime and will continue to work closely with communities to make sure people who are involved in this type of crime are brought to justice. The force is absolutely committed to tackling the issue of organised crime, not just in Blackburn but throughout the county and we would ask anybody who has any information about similar individuals or such crime groups to come forward and share that information with us”