Vi­o­lent pair jailed af­ter spate of high-end thefts and at­tacks on mo­torists

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Char­lotte Pax­ton Staff Re­porter

APAIR of vi­o­lent thugs have been jailed for us­ing “grotesque” vi­o­lence to tar­get of­ten lone fe­male driv­ers in a spate of car­jack­ings.

The pair were re­spon­si­ble for a string of vi­cious at­tacks across Birm­ing­ham and Soli­hull, of­ten us­ing golf clubs and metal bars.

This week Sar­weeth Rehman and Hus­sun Ashraf, both aged 22, were jailed for the plot to steal high-end cars.

Their spree be­gan on Au­gust 24 last year, when Rehman threat­ened the BMW M4 driver for his keys in Bax­ters Green, Shirley.

The driver fled, hurl­ing his keys into a gar­den as he ran, be­fore Rehman set about smash­ing up the M4 and caus­ing dam­age put at £10,000.

Later that day they stole a Volkswagen Golf Type R af­ter drag­ging a woman driver from be­hind the wheel in nearby Hath­away Road.

In an­other in­ci­dent Rehman fol­lowed a fe­male mo­torist onto her drive­way in Barston Lane, Barston, near Soli­hull, be­fore punch­ing her and driv­ing off in her Mercedes C-Class Es­tate.

They struck again on Septem­ber 18 when they robbed a man of his Audi RS6 in Church Road, Mose­ley.

Of­fi­cers tracked the RS6 an hour later to Spreadbury Close, off Ha­gley Road, in Har­borne, and dur­ing a search of the car found an iPhone Ashraf as he flee.

His home in Stu­arts Road, Stech­ford, was raided by po­lice on Novem­ber 9 and an­other phone was shown to have been used at the scene of three more car­jack­ings.

It helped de­tec­tives link him to a rob­bery in Brace­bridge Close, Bal­sall Com­mon, on Oc­to­ber 20 when a Mercedes was taken from a woman as she pulled onto her drive­way, plus an­other two days later in Dam­son Lane, Soli­hull, when a man handed over keys to his BMW M135 hav­ing been ap­proached by two men armed with a knife and golf club.

The next rob­bery saw a man wear­ing a bal­a­clava drive off in a woman’s BMW M135 on Oc­to­ber 25 from a Har­vester pub in Sut­ton Cold­field.

Ashraf and Rehman, who was also ar­rested on Novem­ber 9 at home in Har­topp Road, Alum Rock, had been on bail at the time on sus­pi­cion of in­volve- dropped by ment cars.

A sep­a­rate en­quiry ex­posed how they used a yel­low break­down tow truck to tow away seven cars parked in city streets be­tween May 4 and June 13, 2016.

Most were taken in the dead of night with own­ers wak­ing to find tyre marks across the road where their cars had been parked.

Ashraf and as­so­ciate Adal Azam were ar­rested at 11.30pm on June 13 shortly af­ter a BMW 1 Series was stolen from St Mary’s Road, in Har­borne.

A po­lice pa­trol car tailed the tow truck into Gowan Road, Alum Rock, where Ashraf was de­tained af­ter a brief foot-chase.

Azam, aged 22, from Wat­son Road, was ar­rested from a Vauxhall Corsa be­ing driven in con­voy with the truck.

Ashraf and Rehman ad­mit­ted con­spir­acy to rob and con­spir­acy to steal mo­tor ve­hi­cles. They also ad­mit­ted two counts of as­sault with in­tent to rob over two failed car­jack­ings on 9 Fe­bru­ary 2017 at Moat Lane and Faze­ley carparks.

At Birm­ing­ham Crown Court this week, Ashraf was jailed for six years four months and Rehman for six years.

Azam and Shoaib Hus­sain, from Prim­ley Av­enue in Brom­ford, also ad­mit­ted be­ing part of the tow-truck plot.

Azam was jailed for three years and ten months, while Hus­sain was given a 12-month sus­pended jail sen­tence. in a con­spir­acy to steal

> The tow truck be­ing used to take a VW Golf in the dead of night

>Hus­sun Ashraf was jailed for six years and four months

> One of the at­tacks caught on cam­era

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