Saeed then used an aluminium baseball bat to strike the victim
Two men from Bradford have been jailed after a family man was beaten with a baseball bat and robbed after phoning for help when he found a smashed-up car.
Tauqir Saeed, aged 23, and Zain Hussain, aged 26, left the victim with a cut to his head and bruising to his face and arm.
Bradford Crown Court heard that the man was out with his wife and two young children when he came across a crashed Vauxhall Astra on a dirt track off Hazelhurst Terrace in Daisy Hill.
Andrea Parnham, prosecuting, explained that he phoned the police in case anyone was injured when Saeed and Hussain were dropped off from a vehicle and began shouting at him.
Hussain followed the victim while Saeed reversed the damaged car off the track and parked it.
Saeed then used an aluminium baseball bat to strike the victim several times to the head. The man wrestled the weapon off him but went to the floor and was punched and kicked before the attackers fled.
Miss Parnham said the man stopped a taxi and asked the driver to call him an ambulance.
However, Saeed and Hussain reappeared and assaulted him again. They went through his pockets and stole both his phone and his wife’s that he had with him.
The pair were arrested and Hussain was in possession of the stolen phones.
Following the baseball bat attack, the man was now hesitant about helping others while his wife and children had been left extremely anxious.
The two attackers pleaded guilty to robbery.
Jonathan Turner, for Hussain, said his client did not have the bat with him or strike the first blow.
He was in the final year of an accountancy degree at the time and running a garage. But he began drinking heavily with Saeed.
The offence was almost 22 months ago and Hussain had been in custody for nine months.
It was heard that Saeed turned to alcohol because he was being bullied. He was in “a dark place” and described himself as being “drunk off his head” when he committed the robbery.
He now worked as a carpet fitter and no longer drank alcohol.
Judge Richard Mansell QC said the robbery had a huge impact on the victim and his family.
Saeed was the main attacker, striking the victim with the bat, but Hussain had punched him when he was on the ground.
The Telegraph and Argus reported that Judge Mansell added that both men came from decent families and had gone off the rails at the time.
Saeed, of Hazelhurst Brow, was jailed for three years.
Hussain, of Daisy Hill, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.