"the victim's life was hanging in the balance."
Three brothers from Leicester were jailed for a total of over 30 years on Monday, February 11, 2019, at Leicester Crown Court for a violent baseball bat attack.
Shamir, aged 21, Taseer, aged 24, and Taqueer Kazi, aged 27, all of St Peters Road, were found guilty of grievous bodily harm (GBH) following an 11-day trial.
The baseball bat attack left a 22-year-old man with multiple skull fractures and a bleed on the brain.
The court heard the attack occurred in the early hours of Saturday, September 3, 2016. It was the result of a minor dispute months before.
It was heard that the victim was not actually the intended target of the attack. The intended target had left the area before the incident.
The brothers inflicted multiple fractures to Yasin Ismail’s skull, fractures to his eye and cheek. This left the man with a bleed on the brain.
He was taken to a hospital where he underwent treatment. The man ended up spending eight weeks in the hospital recovering following the attack.
Shamir was charged with GBH on September 5, 2016. Taseer and Taqueer were released on bail pending further enquiries.
However, Taseer and Taqueer were charged with GBH in October 2016 and appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Friday, November 11, 2016.
Following an 11-day trial at Leicester Crown Court, the three brothers were found guilty of GBH.
Detective Constable Charlotte Mee said: “This was a serious assault where the victim’s life was hanging in the balance.
“What was a minor dispute led to the vicious assault, the defendants came armed with baseball bats and intended to cause some harm.”
The brothers were sentenced to a total of 31 years in prison.
Following the sentence, DC Mee said:
“We are pleased with the verdict however two of the three defendants were in the process of completing their further studies and had the prospect of promising careers ahead of them.
“They now have a criminal conviction and face a considerable time behind bars. There are no winners in this case.
“The victim has had to relive the events of that evening in the courtroom and no doubt the memories still haunt him.”
“We hope this verdict gives him some reassurance that justice has been done and those who subjected him to such a serious assault have been made to answer to their crimes.”
Shamir was jailed for nine years. Taseer and Taqueer each received a jail sentence of 11 years.