An­gry boss held up BMX youths

Van­dal­ism led to ‘vig­i­lante jus­tice’ by ware­house owner

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Joel Lamy Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy 01733 588728

A ware­house owner who robbed youths rid­ing BMX bikes on his prop­erty, jab­bing one in the face with a ham­mer, has been jailed for 21 months. Mo­hammed Ali (28) of Park Road was de­scribed by RecorderField­sas­ther­ingleader of a rob­bery which took place at his ware­hou­se­inPad­holme Road East in May 2015.

A sec­ond man, Faizan Awan (29) of Kesteven Walk was sen­tenced to 15 months for his part in the rob­bery.

Both men were f ound guilty bya­juryafter­a­trial and were sen­tenced at Peter­bor­oughCrownCourt­lastFri­day.

The ware­house had been a meet­ing­point for lo­cal youths who had set up ramps to take part in their ac­tiv­i­ties which were also thought to in­clude skate­board­ing.

Recorder Fields said there had been a great deal of dam­age at the ware­house and that on­the­day­ofther­ob­bery­there had been re­ports of a fire, al­though there was­no­ev­i­dence any of the youths who were robbed had been in­volved.

Ad­dress­ing Ali, he said: “Youre­cruit­edthree­friend­sto go to the ware­house. You said it was to carry out re­pairs but I re­ject that. It was ab­so­lutely clear from the ev­i­dence you ex­pected to see tres­passers and wanted to scare them off.

“I do not think you went with the in­ten­tion to rob. It went beyond the scope of the orig­i­nal plan and oc­curred spon­ta­neously.”

Ali and his friends were then said to have grabbed some­wood­when­theyen­tered the­ware­house­and“ut­ter­ly­in­tim­i­dated” the youths.

They were said to have com­plied with Ali’s de­mands to empty their pock­ets and hand over their phones, but when one re­fused to hand over his bike Ali was said to have taken a ham­mer used for re­pairs and “jabbed him in the face.”

Recorder Fields de­scribed Ali’s ac­tions as “vig­i­lante jus­tice” but ac­cepted the de­fence’s ar­gu­ment that it was not a “clas­sic case of rob­bery.”

De­fend­ing Ali, Michael Proc­ter said: “I woul­dasky­our hon­our­to­con­sid­era­sus­pend­ed­sen­tence. MrAli­is­still rel­a­tively young, he’s 28.”

He said Ali had many pos­i­tive char­ac­ter­is­tics and that the in­juries caused to the vic­tim were not se­ri­ous.

He added: “The weapons that were used to threaten came­fromthe­ware­house­and it was not pre­med­i­tated.”

Charles Kel­lett de­fend­ing Awan­said­he­wasa­hard-work­ing young man. He added: “It seems ob­vi­ous this par­tic­u­lar ware­house had been dam­aged by van­dal­ism for some time with im­punity. It does not make it any bet­ter, but per­haps puts it into con­text.”

Mo­hammed Ali (left) and Faizan Awan

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