"the defendants expressed no remorse for their victim"
Four men have been convicted after they violently attacked a teenager who refused to continue working at their Indian takeaway without pay.
The victim, aged 18 at the time, entered the UK as an unaccompanied asylum-seeker from Sudan.
He was soon recruited at the Balti Hut in Hastings.
But he threatened to leave and report his employers to the government due to the lack of pay and poor working conditions.
The teenager ended up being violently attacked, which resulted in a fractured forearm, along with multiple cuts and bruises.
The victim ran towards Hastings railway station from the takeaway whilst being pursued by Mominur Rahman, who repeatedly hit him with a metal bar.
Once at the railway station, he was further assaulted by Mominur and his brother Shahnur Rahman.
They repeatedly hit, kicked and stamped on the defenceless victim.
The victim was held down by Shahnur and shortly after, a third brother, Ridwanur Rahman, arrived and punched the victim in the head.
The brothers’ father Siddiqur Rahman joined them at the station and repeatedly stamped on the victim’s head.
The attack only stopped when railway staff intervened and took the victim to safety. He was later taken to hospital.
All four suspects, of St Leonards, were arrested and charged.
At Lewes Crown Court, Mominur Rahman was jailed for a total of 53 months for attempted GBH with intent and possession of an offensive weapon. He also paid £500 compensation, £3,500 costs and a £190 victim surcharge.
Ridwanur Rahman was sentenced to 45 months in prison for attempted GBH. He was also ordered to pay £500 compensation, £3,500 costs and a £190 victim surcharge.
Shahnur Rahman was jailed for 48 months for attempted GBH. He was also ordered to pay £500 compensation, £3,500 costs and a £190 victim surcharge.
Siddiqur Rahman received an 18-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, for affray. He was also ordered to pay £500 compensation, £3,500 costs and a £190 victim surcharge.
Detective Constable Emma Devennie, the investigating officer in the case, said:
“This was a long and complex investigation which involved piecing together numerous CCTV clips and witness statements.”
“Our support workers and translators worked closely with the victim to ensure we had the evidence available to secure a conviction against these four violent offenders – and justice for him.
“Throughout the trial, the defendants expressed no remorse for their victim and denied all the offences put to them.
“This is reflected by the significant sentences and costs imposed by the courts.”