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Three escape jail despite violent street attack roles

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 12, 2014

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THREE men escaped jail after a court heard how violence erupted in a quiet Burton street as a family dispute got out of hand.

Security cameras in Branston Road filmed Qezi Hussain being battered by three men who had come to the town looking for a relative.

The recording, played to Stafford Crown Court, showed him being pummelled and hit with weapons as he lay on the floor in July last year.

Mr Hussain was later taken to hospital for treatment for severe bruising and swellings on his body.

His three attackers were each given suspended jail sentences after admitting a charge of affray.

Ali Rezai, 22, and taxi driver Abdullah Ghasemi, 33, both from London and Imran Haidari, 21, from Birmingham, were each given eight-month sentences, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 100 hours’ unpaid community work.

Recorder Mr Stephen Linehan told them: “You went together to a street in Burton for the purpose of persuading Ghasemi’s nephew to leave where he was living and go back to London.

“That enterprise brought in to the street a number of men, at least one armed with a golf club.

“At that point you had committed no crime, but when that man attacked you swinging the club, two of you armed yourselves, you Rezai with a piece of wood and you Haidari with a cycle lock.

“Then the three of you attacked him.

“You got him on the ground and you proceeded to beat him. It took place in a public street and it frightened people.”

The judge directed that a number of weapons found at the scene, including belt buckles, a pickaxe handle and tyre lever, should be destroyed.

David Bennett, prosecuting, said Mr Hussain was at home on July 23 when he heard a commotion outside.

He went to see what was happening and took a golf club.

He was chased by the three defendants, throwing the golf club at them before he fell to the floor. He was struck a number of times by all three.

Andrew Pilkington, for Rezai and Ghosemi, said there had been a number of difficulties within the family.

Mark Moore, for Haidari, said the incident had already started when his client chose to become involved.

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