"serious threats were made to his family as well"
Two brothers from Oldham have been jailed for an attack on a man using an axe and a meat cleaver over a money dispute.
Romaan Mahmood, aged 19, and Zidane Mahmood, aged 21, have received lengthy sentences for the “terrifying” incident in Oldham.
Minshull Street Crown Court heard that weeks earlier, Romaan and some other men had gone to the victim’s house and threatened to petrol bomb the property.
Then on September 3, 2019, the victim, in his 20s, was at a friend’s house and had gone outside to be picked up by his cousin.
As he got in, a Nissan Micra approached. The vehicle contained the Mahmood brothers as well as Jamal Saleem, aged 20, and Husnain Abid, aged 26.
They started shouting and screaming at the men.
The victim urged his cousin to lock the doors and drive off, but the group took the keys. Then Romaan tried to open the rear passenger door as the victim tried to hold it shut.
Romaan smashed the window of the car using an axe. Abid and Saleem helped him open the car door.
Romann then swung the axe at the victim but missed.
Zidane then came round to the passenger side and used a meat cleaver to attack the victim. He was hit a number of times with the axe by Romaan who also spat at him.
The brothers threatened the man before getting into the Micra, taking his cousin’s car keys with them.
When the cousin asked for his keys back, they were told if he “snitched” they would petrol bomb his house.
The victim suffered serious injuries to his hands and arms and was hospitalised.
The Mahmood brothers each admitted section 18 assault.
After the hearing, Detective Constable Tom Sutcliffe said:
“This was a terrifying attack where not only was a man viciously assaulted, but serious threats were made to his family as well, leaving them fearing for their safety.
“The behaviour of these offenders was both ruthless and brutal and will absolutely not be tolerated in Greater Manchester.”
“These sentences are very much deserved, and I can only hope that this period behind bars gives these men the time they need to reflect on the hurt they have caused through their violent and senseless actions.”
Romaan was jailed for eight-and-a-half years. Zidane was sentenced to seven years and eight months.
Abid and Saleem, both of Oldham, each received 18-month community orders after admitting affray.