Man jailed for Unprovoked Homophobic Attack

A man from Bradford has been jailed for an unprovoked homophobic attack on a man outside a takeaway in the city.

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The victim was then punched several times

Wasiq Rehman, aged 30, of Girlington, Bradford, was jailed for 18 months following an unprovoked homophobic attack in which he punched a gay man unconscious.

He joins his brother Saqib Rehman in prison, who was jailed for nine months in January 2021 for the joint attack.

The incident happened outside a Bradford takeaway on Morley Street on September 17, 2017.

The victim was a gay man out with his partner and a friend in the city centre.

He was waiting outside a takeaway for a taxi when the brothers turned up to order some food.

Wasiq confronted the victim about the behaviour of someone else in his group.

It is believed that one of the victim’s friends was singing Disney songs and it seemed to have caused “umbridge and upset”.

The victim was then punched several times, knocking him down. Saqib then hit him, a third man stamped on him and Wasiq punched him unconscious.

During the violence, one of the group shouted “gay b*****ds”.

The victim stated he longer felt as confident especially when out on his own.

While under police investigation, Wasiq committed several driving offences on June 16, 2018.

He was driving a white BMW at 3 am when someone threw litter from the car.

When questioned by police, he reversed at speed and drove off, hitting a parked car. He was caught after he crashed into a wall.

Wasiq pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and dangerous driving.

It was revealed that Wasiq began the homophobic attack.

In mitigation, Andrew Dallas explained that Wasiq had committed no further offences since 2018.

He was very remorseful in a letter to the judge and when speaking to his probation officer.

Wasiq would find prison especially difficult during the Covid-19 pandemic and when his wife was expecting their first child.

Wasiq had been ill in Pakistan when his brother was jailed for the homophobic attack.

The pair had travelled there to attend their father’s funeral and his absence was agreed by Bradford Crown Court.

The Recorder of Bradford, Judge Richard Mansell QC, said the brothers were responsible for an “unprovoked and vicious” assault.

Wasiq was jailed for 12 months for the assault and six months for dangerous driving. The sentences will run consecutively.

The Telegraph and Argus reported that he was also banned from driving for 21 months.

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