A man has been jailed after a man was stabbed outside a mosque in Hale.

Ian Anthony Rooke, 29, of no fixed abode was yesterday, Tuesday 28 August 28, jailed for five years and four months at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court after pleading guilty to wounding with intent and possession of a weapon.

Shortly before 5.50pm on Sunday 24 September 2017 Ian Rooke was on Grove Lane after storming out of his brother’s house following a fight between the pair.

The court heard that following the fight with his brother, Rooke found himself looking for someone to take his anger out on.

He spotted his victim, and with no provocation, ran up behind him and stabbed him in the neck with a kitchen knife he had taken from his brother’s house.

His victim, Dr Nasser Kurdy, was walking into the Altrincham Islamic Centre at the time.

Upon being stabbed, Dr Kurdy ran towards the entrance of the Altrincham Islamic Centre, chased by Rooke, until he could escape inside the building.

Rooke fled the scene with the knife.

Dr Kurdy was rushed to A&E where no life threatening injuries were identified and he was able to be discharged from hospital later that evening.

Police attended and their actions led to Rooke being arrested shortly after, at his brother’s house.

Detective Inspector Chris Potter from GMP’s City of Manchester Division, said:

This was an extremely horrific and unprovoked attack on a man who was just going about his daily business.

Detective Inspector Chris Potter