A 20-strong gang led a vicious attack on four tree surgeons following a road rage incident in Rochdale, UK.
During the attack, an eighteen-year-old man was left with life-threatening injuries, a collapsed lung, several broken ribs, and a severed hand.
Another of the tree surgeons suffered a shattered nose after being struck with a knuckle-duster.
27-year-old Habibur Rahman, of Milnrow Road, Rochdale, had gathered a mob of around 20 men armed with claw hammer, knives, machetes, a knuckle-duster, and an ax used to sever the hand of the aforementioned young man, after the four men had stopped Rahman from abusing an elderly women.
Rahman claimed he felt disrespected on his “territory” following preventing the abuse, calling the victims ‘white b******s’ who were in his ‘country’, Minshull Street Crown Court heard, Manchester Evening News reports.
“They’re going to get what they deserve. They’re going to get stabbed.”
One of the gang members, Mohammed Awais Sajid, known as ‘Skinny’, brought the ax which he used to devastating effect on the 18-year-old man.
Sajid wielded the ax twice, first slashing the victim in the chest, shattering his ribs and causing a collapsed lung.
The prosecutor, Tim Storrie, said, “He followed up with a 360 degree spin of his arm, an act which was doubtless employed to enhance the speed and devastation of the attack.
“The blow itself was aimed at the victim’s head.
“He was dimly aware at this stage of the weeping of blood down into his waistband.
“He was turning his body, attempting to leave the scene.
“Through good fortune, he said he realised the axe was above him aiming for his head.
“He put his arm up to defend himself and the blade essentially severed his arm at the wrist.”
The unnamed victim managed to get away, where he was airlifted to hospital and given emergency life-saving surgery.
The victim has had five surgeries on his hand to date, but will never regain full use of his hand given the extent of the damage.
The assault on the tree surgeon was ended when one of them began revving his chainsaw.
Before the incident ended, Rahman struck one of the workers in the face with a knuckle-duster, shattering his nose.
Sajid, of Moss Cottage, Kings Road, Rochdale, was acquitted of attempted murder, despite maliciously swinging an ax at a man’s head. Manchester Evening News reports that he was convicted of a “Section 18 wounding” and handed an 18-year term.
Rahman was handed a four-and-a-half-year term.
His brother, Zillur Rahman, and gang member Arsan Ali each received four-year terms for conspiracy to commit violent disorder in their roles summoning a 20-strong gang after the initial road rage.
In spite of Rahman’s “white bastards” remarks, there’s no Greater Manchester Police force statement of the authorities treating the crimes of Rahman and his crew as racially aggravated—which would attract tougher sentences, Breitbart reports.
However, in court, Rahman attempted to make the claim the four tree surgeons had racially abused him, which the judge dismissed as a “pack of lies.”
Rochdale was one of the most prominent UK towns to be hit by a grooming gang scandal by men of mostly Pakistani origin.