A man was forced to drive around the city for two hours while being repeatedly punched.Rather an odd story. Who were the perps?
Rizwan Shareef was left badly bruised, with one eye so swollen he could barely see as he drove.Hmmmm….
Nottingham Crown Court heard Mr Shareef's ordeal ended when his attackers Ishtiaq Ali and Mosadaf Bashir got out of his Ford Focus.
He ran off and waited for the men to step away from his car. When they were not looking, he dashed back and sped off.
Ali and Bashir were both known to Mr Shareef but it is unclear what the background to the incident was and how they ended up in his car.I’m pretty sure we can speculate.
Whilst the judge accepted that Bashir played a reduced role and did not participate in any violence, he told his co-accused: "This victim must have been absolutely terrified. "You not only had absolute control over him, you had him doing exactly what you wanted him to do.Mitigation is going to be interesting, isn’t it?
"Over those two hours you repeatedly punched him.
"Fortunately for him there were no actual fractures. One only has to look at the photos to see what was done to him.
"I don't know what was behind this. It's not at all clear."
In mitigation for Ali, the court heard that he has five daughters.Curiouser and curiouser!
After the hearing, investigating officer Detective Constable Imran Rafiq said: "This was a particularly nasty assault with aggravating circumstances, which is reflected in the sentences imposed.Even if we’re not actually sure what caused this crime…
"Hopefully the victim can now have some closure and move on with his life.
"This was not a straight forward investigation but the hard work was worth it and shows Notts Police's commitment to achieving justice for victims of crime."