Three kebab shop owners badly beat a suspected burglar before dragging him inside the business where he was effectively imprisoned, a court heard.
The victim, Adrian Perry, had been stood outside Victoria Kebabs, Mansfield Road, Nottingham, when he was approached by one of the partners, Asmat Khan, who believed Mr Perry was involved in breaking into the shop earlier that day.
Asmat Khan took hold of Mr Perry at around 4pm on June 12 last year and forced him to the ground and “set about assaulting him quite maliciously”, said Adam White, prosecuting at Nottingham Crown Court.
His brother, Mohammed Khan, and employee Zafar Ahmed were captured on CCTV joining in the attack on Mr Perry who was still on the floor.
Mr Perry was dragged by the group inside the shop and the security shutters were closed and the brutality continued inside.
At one point, Ahmed could be seen using a plastic cone to attack Mr Perry as he lay on the floor.
Throughout the attack, Mr Perry curled up, covering his head with his arms, and at no point did he attempt to retaliate or escape from the assault inflicted on him.
Mohammed Khan went away and returned holding a machete. He was ushered away by Asmat Khan but then his brother returned with a knife which was not used.
The court heard there were repeated hard kicks to the victim’s head and body.
Asmat Khan was interrogating Mr Perry and filming him on his phone.
Police were called by a member of the public who was passing by.
One of the defendants said to officers “he burgled the shop”.
Mr Perry, who did not cooperate with the police investigation, suffered fractures to his eye socket, cheekbone, jaw, and a fracture to his forearm.
Judge Steven Coupland jailed each defendant to two years each in prison, of which they will serve half and the remainder on licence.
Zafar Ahmed, 35, of Harcourt Road, Forest Fields; Asmat Khan, 33, and Mohammed Khan, 25, both of Claremont Gardens, Sherwood, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm.
The judge told them: “It was a sickening, sustained group attack by the three of you on a defenceless man on the ground”.
He said Asmat Khan, who he described as the ringleader, saw the victim in the street and believed he may have been responsible for burgling the shop.
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The judge told him: “If that is true, the appropriate thing to do was to call the police. You didn’t do that”.
He said it was a “persistent, sustained group attack” and weapons were used – feet and a cone – there were threats with a weapon, and the injuries were grave.
Mr Perry was “effectively imprisoned”, and “he was filmed during the course of it, to add to the indignity of what you were doing”.
After hearing mitigation from barristers for the three men, he told Asmat Khan he is a family man and a carer for his elderly parents and “I accept you are remorseful for this”.
He told father-of-two Zafar Ahmed: “You didn’t start this. You joined in willingly”.
And he told Mohammed he had expressed “considerable remorse”.
Detective Inspector, Danny Johnstone, of Nottinghamshire’s criminal investigation department, said: “Ahmed and brothers Asmat and Mohamed Khan committed a barbaric, unforgiving attack which has left a man with life-long injuries.
“The victim was treated in hospital after suffering broken bones, including a broken eye socket. The psychological impact will stay with him forever.
“These three men have proven that they are capable of organised violence which goes against every fiber of our being. It is beyond expression that they continued to assault and beat their victim while he lay defenceless on the floor.
“I’d like to thank the member of the public who rightly reported the suspicious nature in which the victim was dragged into the shop to Nottinghamshire Police. I fear, that if they hadn’t, this incident would have had a much different ending.
“As well as arresting the men at the scene, it enabled my team to carry out quick and thorough enquiries and secure evidence which has now led to those responsible being locked up for this callous act.”
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