Dad and sons battered Good Samaritan brothers in brutal road-rage hammer attack - but not jailed !
Police were called to reports of a large group of men fighting in a street in Rochdale in July last year.
The attack was sparked after brothers Ghulam Hussain and Shamash Hussain stopped their car on Salkeld Street in Deeplish to help a friend.
Javed Akhtar, 50, pulled up behind the vehicle with his wife in his silver Nissan Micra.
He then began beeping his horn and claiming they were blocking the road, Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard.
Rachel Widdicombe, prosecuting, said: “Javed Akthar continued to swear. He started to get out, but his wife was trying to keep him in.
“He was getting more and more angry. He said he would be back in five minutes, got back in his car and drove off.”
A short time later, the victims were confronted by Javid Akhtar and a gang of between 10 and 15 men in nearby Salik Gardens.
Javid Akhtar was carrying a small wooden hammer, which he pointed at the two victims before the gang attacked.
In his police interview, Ghulam Hussain said he saw a flash of silver and was struck on the face near his right eyebrow, causing it to bleed.
He was struggling to see and fell to the ground, where he was kicked and punched by the gang.
Shamash Hussain tried to help his brother and ran towards the group before rugby tackling some of the men to the ground.
He was then also attacked and hit across the nose with a hammer.
Witnesses called police and both men were taken to hospital, suffering cuts and bruises to their faces.
Javed Akhtar and his sons Junaid Akhtar, 22, Jamshed Akhtar, 20, and Bilal Mohammed, 19, were all arrested at their home in Salik Gardens.
Police seized the silver Nissan Micra and discovered blood inside the passenger door, which matched that of the victims.
Sentencing the men, Judge Leslie Hull said: “There was some sort of dispute, which arose from a vehicle disagreement and that led all too quickly and dramatically to the violent behaviour used.”
While on bail, Mohammed carried out a further attack in April this year using a broom handle to attack Waqaas Javed.
After repeatedly hitting Mr Javed in the face through the open window of his car, he used the broom handle to smash the rear window.
Referring to the second assault involving Mohammed, the judge added: “Bilal Mohammed, when you again got involved in a dispute, this time you took a stick and hit your victim fanatically. The injuries were not as bad as they might have been.
“But to add insult to injury you then smashed his car.”
All defendants pleaded guilty to affray and were each given 36-week prison sentences suspended for 12 months, plus 180 hours of unpaid work and £150 costs.
Mohammed also pleaded guilty to separate charges of common assault and criminal damage and was given an additional curfew, 12-month supervision order and ordered to attend an achieving peaceful solutions course.