Cab­bie at­tacked cus­tomers with an iron bar

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE - JON MACPHER­SON jon.macpher­son@men-news.co.uk

ATAXI driver who launched a ‘fe­ro­cious’ at­tack on two pas­sen­gers us­ing an iron bar has been jailed.

Nabeel Iqbal, who worked for Max Cabs, and another man at­tacked the men with the weapon and ‘what looked like a wheel brace’ fol­low­ing a fall­ing out in his car, a court heard.

Burn­ley Crown Court was told that a short time af­ter the row Iqbal and another un­known male ap­proached the pas­sen­gers on Owen Street in Ac­cring­ton.

The court heard how the of­fend­ers chased one of the pas­sen­gers Adam Wright and struck him caus­ing him to fall to the floor. One of the males then said to another of the pas­sen­gers, a teenager, ‘You’re next son’ be­fore ‘briefly chas­ing him away’.

Pros­e­cu­tor Mark Kel­lett said Mr Wright was ‘dis­tressed, ly­ing in­jured on the floor’ be­fore the of­fend­ers chased and re­peat­edly struck the third pas­sen­ger Joseph Sil­cock.

Both vic­tims were taken to hos­pi­tal and Mr Wright was treated for three days with a frac­tured left el­bow.

Mr Sil­cock suf­fered a 3cm lac­er­a­tion wound to his head and abra­sions to both el­bows.

Iqbal, 25, of Count­ess Street, Ac­cring­ton, pleaded guilty to two counts of wound­ing and was jailed for 32 months.

The court heard that Iqbal picked up the men in the early hours of June 28 last year af­ter they had en­joyed an even­ing watch­ing an Eng­land foot­ball game.

Burn­ley Crown Court heard the teen ‘seemed to make con­tact’ with Iqbal’s hair as he ad­justed his head rest which caused the de­fen­dant to ‘be­come abu­sive’.

Mr Kel­lett told the court Iqbal said ‘Get off my hair. Don’t touch my hair. Don’t touch my f****** hair’ be­fore Mr Sil­cock and the teenager started laugh­ing as they ‘thought he was jok­ing’. The court heard Iqbal then said ‘You won’t be [laugh­ing] in a minute’ be­fore the pas­sen­gers got out of the taxi and walked away.

Sen­tenc­ing, Deputy Cir­cuit Judge Les­lie Hull said: “In some way your per­sonal space may have been in­vaded and it may be that you were en­ti­tled to feel your­self slighted in that way.

“What fol­lowed was com­pletely and en­tirely out of all pro­por­tion. You re­turned to the scene shortly there­after and had an ac­com­plice with you who hasn’t been de­tected and car­ry­ing some­thing re­sem­bling a wheel brace. It was a fe­ro­cious at­tack. What on earth pos­sessed you that night? It’s in­ex­pli­ca­ble.”

Speak­ing af­ter the hear­ing, Mr Wright said ‘jus­tice had been done and we’re glad it’s over’.

Nabeel Iqbal and the el­bow in­juries sus­tained by Adam Wright (in­set) af­ter he was at­tacked by Iqbal

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