Drunk Burnley man in baseball bat attack on young mum

Mohammed Bhatti

Mohammed Bhatti

First published in News

A DRUNK who assaulted a young mum with a baseball bat after bringing fear to a street has been jailed for two years and nine months.

Burnley Crown Court heard how Mohammed Bhatti, 30, had been warned off by police after making a nuisance of himself in Pheasantford Street.

Bhatti, whose partner lived on the street, knocked on the wrong door, took no notice and returned about 15 minutes later armed with the bat.

The victim, who feared for the safety of her five-month-old baby felt she had no choice but to disarm him and 'bravely' went to take the weapon. There was a struggle and she was hit on her forehead.

Bhatti was bailed and later returned to the same street again. Police were called to reports of a drunken man around midnight and handcuffed him and took him to the station.

The hearing was told the defendant, said to drink when he felt lonely and depressed, had struck while he was subject to a 12-month suspended prison term for growing cannabis and had more than 70 offences on his record.

Bhatti, of Hurtley Street, Burnley, admitted affray, possessing an offensive record and common assault and had also been committed for sentence by magistrates, after being convicted of racially aggravated harassment and resisting police, in breach of the suspended term.

Judge Graham Knowles, QC, who activated the suspended term, locked up the defendant for a total of 144 weeks.

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