"It was a sickening, sustained group attack"
Three kebab shop owners from Nottingham have been jailed for beating a suspected burglar inside their takeaway.
Zafar Ahmed, along with brothers Asmat Khan and Mohammed Khan repeatedly punched and kicked Adrian Perry.
Nottingham Crown Court heard that Mr Perry had been standing outside Victoria Kebabs on June 12, 2020, when Asmat approached him.
He believed Mr Perry was involved in breaking into the kebab shop earlier that day.
Asmat grabbed hold of him before forcing him to the ground and assaulting him.
He was then joined by his brother Mohammed and Zafar. All three then beat Mr Perry on the ground.
CCTV footage showed the men dragging the victim along the street before forcing him inside their business.
The assault continued inside the business, with Mr Perry being stamped on and kicked in the head and body repeatedly.
At one point, Zafar struck the victim with a traffic cone.
Mohammed went away and returned with a machete. He was ushered away by Asmat but then his brother returned with a knife that was not used.
A passerby called the police.
Officers arrived outside and saw Mr Perry collapse unconscious outside.
Mr Perry was taken to hospital where he was treated for a broken eye socket, a broken cheekbone and jaw and a fractured arm.
The three men were arrested at the scene and admitted grievous bodily harm.
Judge Steven Coupland told them:
“It was a sickening, sustained group attack by the three of you on a defenceless man on the ground.”
He described Asmat Khan as the ringleader who saw the victim in the street and believed he was responsible for burgling the shop.
Judge Coupland told Asmat: “If that is true, the appropriate thing to do was to call the police. You didn’t do that.”
He said it was a “persistent, sustained group attack” and weapons were used, there were threats with a weapon, and the injuries were grave.
Mr Perry was “effectively imprisoned”, and “he was filmed during the course of it, to add to the indignity of what you were doing”.
Nottingham Post reported that each defendant was jailed for two years. They will serve half and the remainder on licence.
Detective Inspector Danny Johnstone, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:
“Ahmed and brothers Asmat and Mohammed Khan committed a barbaric, unforgiving attack which has left a man with life-long injuries.
“The victim was treated in hospital after suffering broken bones, including a broken eye socket.
“The psychological impact will stay with him forever.”
“These three men have proven that they are capable of organised violence which goes against every fibre of our being.
“It is beyond expression that they continued to assault and beat their victim while he lay defenceless on the floor.
“I’d like to thank the member of the public who rightly reported the suspicious nature in which the victim was dragged into the shop to Nottinghamshire Police.
“I fear, that if they hadn’t, this incident would have had a much different ending.
“As well as arresting the men at the scene, it enabled my team to carry out quick and thorough enquiries and secure evidence which has now led to those responsible being locked up for this callous act.”