Car Salesman jailed for Homophobic Attack

A car salesman from Bradford has received a prison sentence for a homophobic attack on a man as he and his partner waited for a taxi.

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Saqib joined in the attack while the man was on the ground.

Saqib Rehman, aged 32, of Girlington, Bradford, was jailed for nine months after he was involved in a homophobic attack. The car salesman and his brother carried out an “unprovoked and vicious” assault on a man in the early hours of September 17, 2017.

Bradford Crown Court heard that Saqib joined in the assault that was started by his brother Wasiq.

Prosecutor John Batchelor said that the victim was subjected an unprovoked and homophobic attack after visiting a takeaway following a night out in Bradford.

One of his friends was singing Disney songs that seemed to have caused “umbridge and upset”.

As the man and his partner waited for a taxi on Morley Street, the brothers pulled up in a Mercedes.

Wasiq Rehman punched the victim before Saqib joined in the attack while the man was on the ground. Wasiq delivered the final punch that knocked him unconscious.

A third unidentified man had stamped on the victim’s attack. One of the group also shouted “gay bas****s”.

The victim sustained fractures to his nose and eye socket.

In his victim statement, he said his eyesight had been damaged and he now needed to wear glasses.

The court heard he used to enjoy going out but he rarely did now and he was very anxious about who was around him.

Mr Batchelor stated it was “an unprovoked, aggressive and sustained attack”.

He also said threats were made not to call the police.

The car salesman was initially charged with Section 18 grievous bodily harm, however, his plea to the lesser offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm was accepted by the prosecution.

In mitigation, Giles Bridge said that Saqib Rehman was apologetic and remorseful.

The offence was wholly out of character and he had not been in any trouble in the three years and four months since.

He had recently married and his car sales business would suffer badly if he was unable to run it himself.

Judge Richard Mansell QC said that he attacked a dazed and defenceless man, delivering a punch to his face as he lay on the ground.

He said that the fact that the case had taken “an inordinate and unconscionable” time to reach sentence was mainly due to the fact that the brothers had denied the offence.

Judge Mansell added that he would be failing in his public duty not to imprison a defendant for such unprovoked street violence.

Saqib Rehman was jailed for nine months.

Judge Mansell said that his brother would be jailed for longer when he is sentenced on February 26, 2021.

It was heard that Wasiq was ill in Pakistan after both brothers had travelled there to attend their father’s funeral.

The Telegraph and Argus reported that his absence was agreed by the court as he was also caring for their mother who had heart problems.

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