Four Blackburn men tracked down and attacked motorist
7:00pm Saturday 15th September 2012 in News
FOUR men went looking for a motorist after an incident involving elderly members of their family.
Blackburn magistrates heard victim Yasin Patel had earlier remonstrated with Muqshood Dudwhala’s father after he failed to give way.
He was then tracked down by the men, who punched and kicked him and damaged his car by pushing him over the bonnet.
Dudwhala, 39, of Moss gate, Blackburn, and Idris Dudwhala, 27, of Assheton Road, Blackburn, both pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour towards Mr Patel.
They were both made subject to a weekend curfew between 7 pm and 7 am for three months and ordered to pay £327 compensation and £85 costs.
Claire Grant, prosecuting, said Mr Patel was performing a U-turn and traffic had stopped.
“He felt aggrieved when an elderly male driver had not given way to him like all the other traffic had done,” said Mrs Grant. “He followed that vehicle and swore at the driver and gave him a piece of his mind.”
She said the driver was the father of Dudwhala and one of his female passengers was the mother of Idris.
“The defendants were upset about what had happened and they dealt with it by going looking for the aggrieved,” said Mrs Grant.
The defendants had taken two brothers of the family with them and they found the victim after about an hour and 45 minutes by searching for his car.
“There were heated words and a scuffle between the parties,” said Mrs Grant. “The other people with them were seen to kick the aggrieved.”
Michael Blacklidge, defending, said the catalyst to the incident had been a very poor piece of driving by the aggrieved.
“Muqshood’s 74-year-old father was driving and with him was his 68-year-old wife and her sister, the other defendant’s mother,” said Mr Blacklidge.
“Mr Dudwhala snr told his son that his car had been blocked in by the other man’s vehicle like something from the Sweeney. Father and mother came home and they were visibly upset and shaken.”
Mr Blacklidge said his clients should have reported the matter to the police but decided to go and find the aggrieved and speak to him and his family.
“If he had said he was sorry that may well have been the end of it but as you have heard there was a scuffle,” said Mr Blacklidge.