Axe attackers guilty

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FIVE Derby men who attacked a couple with an axe as they walked to a takeaway have been jailed.

Shaban Yasin, 21, Imran Hussain, 19, Kamran Yasin, 18, Minjanur Masan, 29, and Naveed Khaliq, 21, each admitted one charge of assault and were jailed at Derby Crown Court.

Yasin admitted to two counts of assault, as well as one of possessing an offensive weapon.

Dean Cook and his partner Kerry Beaston were set upon by the gang outside Saddlers’ takeaway on Abbey Street, Derby in February this year.

The court was told Yasin struck Mr Cook on the face and head as he swung the axe. As he fell to the floor he was kicked, punched and stamped upon by the rest of the group.

Yasin then repeatedly lashed out at Ms Beaston as she tried to protect her partner, the court was told.

Prosecuting, Mark Achurch said Mr Cook suffered a swollen face, cuts to his ears, hands and lips and still suffers headaches months after the attack.


Judge David Price, sitting at Derby Crown Court, said: “This is yet another example of disgraceful violence committed within the city centre late at night.

“There can be no reason for the attack. The incident was witnessed by people on the street – they must have been affected by what was happening.

“Mr Cook suffered very unpleasant injuries. The injuries could have been far worse.”

Shaban Yasin from Molineux Street, Derby, received 21 months’ imprisonment. Hussain, from Madley Street, Derby, and Kamran Yasin from Molineux Street, were given 12 and 15 months respectively in a young offenders’ institution.

Masan, from Burton Road, Derby, was given 15 months’ imprisonment and Khaliq, from Madley Street, received a 12-month sentence.

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