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Sunday, 23 August 2009

Muslim Thug Will Serve Just 6 Weeks for Stabbing

A Muslim thug who stabbed a stranger on a bus, then attacked four youngsters before fleeing to Pakistan whilst on bail is set to be freed after just one year in prison - the vast majority of it on remand.

He only returned from Pakistan to face the music last year - his crimes took place in 2005.

From The Romford & Havering Post:
A STUDENT who stabbed a teenager on a bus and attacked four youngsters in the street will be set free in weeks, a court heard.

Shahbaz Khan, 21, struck in 2005, but fled to his native Pakistan until returning to Britain last year.

Judge Nicholas Huskinson jailed Khan for two years and three months this week, but he will walk free in about six weeks after serving most of his prison term on remand.

Khan has served one year inside, which qualifies him for early release, whereby convicts serve half their sentence.

He was a Havering College student when he knifed a 16-year-old boy on a 101 bus in Wanstead, east London, as one of his pals, Abid Ahmed, 23, robbed their victim.

The youngster suffered a gash to his right thigh during the attack in Aldersbrook Road on October 20, 2005, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.

He was on the bus when four Asians dressed in hoodies and baseball caps got on.

They sat around him and Khan plunged his penknife into the teenager's leg.

While on bail, Khan was among 10 armed thugs who attacked four teenagers outside Tesco Express, Ardleigh Green, near Hornchurch.

Simon Baxter suffered a shattered nose during the beating on December 19, 2005.

Billy Apps, Ben Hodgson and Reece Judd were also targeted by the gang who wielded baseball bats and pipes.

Prosecutor Frances Coles-Harrington said: "Mr Apps was hit on the back of the head.

"As he grabbed his head he saw the group, or one of the members of the group to his right-hand side, who looked like he was holding a small wooden baseball bat.

"He saw Mr Baxter getting punched in the face and then saw Mr Reece Judd being pushed out of the way.

"Mr Baxter was described as having a broken nose and two black eyes."

Khan, of Lambourne Road, Seven Kings, admitted actual bodily harm, affray and a Bail Act offence.

Martin Scott, mitigating, said: "Unfortunately, Mr Khan absented himself for a couple of years to Pakistan out of fear after proceedings had begun.

"He returned to this country on August 17 last year. He was arrested at the airport on his arrival and has been in custody since August 18 [last year]."

Mr Scott said the GNVQ student had skipped lessons and binged on booze and drugs with fellow drop-outs during his time at the Ardleigh Green-based college.

"Like them, he was drinking and smoking large amounts of cannabis, not studying and getting into trouble," said the barrister.

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