Three jailed for Blackburn bowling alley brawl

Three jailed for Blackburn bowling alley brawl

'WILD ANIMAL' Hassan Malik

'WILD ANIMAL' Mohammed Junaid

'WILD ANIMAL' Shabaz Nawaz

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THREE men who started a brawl in a bowling alley before fleeing in a Lamborghini and a Rolls Royce have been jailed.

A pregnant woman was kicked in the stomach, her friend glassed and Good Samaritans were attacked as they tried to intervene.

Hassan Waqqar Malik, 26, from Pringle Street, Blackburn, Mohammed Danish Junaid, 22, of Taylor Street, Brierfield, and Shabaz Nawaz, 27, of Edith Street, Blackburn, are today beginning combined jail sentences of almost six years for violent disorder.

Malik was also convicted of wounding 20-year-old Liam Aspin.

On December 12, 2010, the three men were at the Vue Cinema and Bowlplex complex in Blackburn when one of them approached Mr Aspin’s girlfriend Rebecca Maher, 18, and her pregnant friend Danielle Hulme, 20.

Mr Aspin was then shoved, kicked and punched.

Anthony Walsh, 42, and his partner Sharon McDermott, 43, who were also in the bar area, intervened, but the gang turned on them.

Mr Aspin was then glassed in the head leaving shards of pint glass embedded in his head.

In the melee, Miss Hulme was kicked in the stomach as the men, ‘acting like a pack of wild animals’ according to witnesses, used pool cues in the fight.

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They then fled in a Lamborghini and Rolls Royce which police traced during their inquiries.

They had been hired for the men to attend a wedding.

At Preston Crown Court on Thursday, Malik was given four years six months.

Junaid was jailed for 36 weeks and Nawaz was sentenced to one year and two weeks imprisonment.

DC Steve Russell said: “This was a violent and unprovoked attack on a group of innocent people and it was lucky no one was seriously injured.

“Members of the public have the right to go out and enjoy themselves without being subjected to extreme violence and I hope these sentences act as warning to anyone who thinks serious violent crime is acceptable that it won’t be tolerated.

“I would like to reassure the people of Blackburn that incidents of this nature are very rare but where they do happen, we will carry out robust and thorough investigations to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.”

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