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Judge: Jahan case is 'combination of extraordinary events'

Judge William Davis QC said: "People who break people's jaws in this kind of mindless violence normally go to prison but I take a view that because of his extraordinary position it is right to suspend sentence."

Addressing Jahan, he added: "There is in your case this extraordinary combination of events. For that reason and that reason alone I can suspend the sentence.

"Ordinarily this would mean that you would go to prison for 12 months but this all happened last July and in August, as everybody in this court knows, you suffered the loss of one of your sons, which was desperate in itself."

Riots dad convicted after attacking factory worker

A bereaved father who publicly appealed for calm hours after his son was killed in last summer's riots has been convicted of a roadside attack after kicking and punching a factory worker he accused of staring at his wife.

Tariq Jahan, who is 46, was found guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm following a three-day trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Tariq Jahan has been convicted following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court.
Tariq Jahan has been convicted following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court. Credit: Reuters

Jurors heard he grabbed 34-year-old Sajjid Ali by the throat before punching him to the ground after the pair got into an argument in Handsworth, Birmingham, on July 6 last year.

The attack happened a month before Jahan won national acclaim for an impassioned appeal for peace after his 21-year-old son Haroon was killed during disorder in the Winson Green area of Birmingham.

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