"You f*****g lying b*****d, you've been talking to my wife!"
Ajmal Mahroof, aged 37, of Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, has been jailed for four years after he sliced a piece of a man’s ear off with a machete.
Leeds Crown Court heard he flew into a rage when he spotted the victim talking to his wife as he walked through a park. The victim had only said “Hi” before he was attacked.
Following the attack, the victim had to have his left ear stitched back together.
Father-of-five Mahroof carried out the attack near Hyrstlands Park, Batley, on October 17, 2018.
The prosecutor Carmel Pearson explained that Mahroof’s wife had been waiting for her husband in the park at 1 pm when the victim recognised her as a friend of his own girlfriend.
The victim approached the woman and said “Hi”.
Miss Pearson said: “She immediately told him not to stop and talk, saying her husband would be along.”
The man walked away, however, a short time later, Mahroof pulled up alongside him in his car. He got out of the car and produced a machete.
Mahroof said to the victim: “You have been talking to my wife.”
The man replied that he had only said “Hi” but Mahroof then shouted back:
“You f*****g lying b*****d, you’ve been talking to my wife! Why are you talking to my wife?”
Mahroof then repeated: “You have been talking to my wife, why?”
Mahroof then struck the man with the machete to the side of the head, causing a cut to the ear. He then hit him again, causing cuts to his fingers. A third blow struck him again on the ear, slicing part of it off.
The victim had the severed part of his ear reattached by surgeons but the court heard he has been left permanently scarred as a result of the attack.
Mahroof was arrested after a member of the public who saw the attack took a photo of his car.
Judge Mushtaq Khokhar said: “This particular incident is concerning because you did not know (the victim) from Adam.
“It was just because you saw him talking to your partner. What took place between them was simply an exchange of greetings”
The court that Mahroof has been previously convicted for violence and drugs offences.
Susannah Proctor, mitigating, said Mahroof was suffering from depression at the time of the incident.
Mahroof pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and possession of a blade in public.
Judge Khokhar added: “It was a totally over-the-top reaction.
“This was a serious offence and the injury could have been far worse than it was.”
Ajmal Mahroof was sentenced to four years in prison.