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Riots dad convicted of attack

Tariq Jahan, who publicly appealed for calm hours after his son was killed in the summer riots, has been convicted of a roadside attack after kicking and punching a factory worker. He was given a 12-month suspended sentence.

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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."

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