Man jailed for 6-years for bottling cousin - Luton

25/04/2012

A man who smashed a Jack Daniels whiskey bottle into his cousin's head in a row over a girl was jailed for 6-years on Wednesday, 25 April 2012.

Majid Saleem, 22, caused a wound that needed 16 stitches and then threatened Imran Sultan calling him "a snitch" and telling him to drop the charges.

The men had been playing cards and drinking in a garage in Roman Road, Luton when, at around half past midnight, Mr Sultan took a call from a girlfriend, Luton Crown Court heard.

Geoffrey Porter, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "After the call, the defendant swore at Mr Sultan and called him names. He picked up a bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey and said: "I am going to bottle you."

"He hit him on the right side of the head. The bottle smashed on impact. Then he hit him and punched him a number of times."

Saleem then called for an ambulance, telling the operator that his cousin had collided with a coffee table.

After that, Saleem telephoned and sent text messages to his victim asking him to drop the case. One said: "Drop the case. It is a big mistake. I am going to do three and a half years. I am going to do you when I come out. You are a snitch."

In a victim impact statement Mr Sultan said he still suffers flashbacks and has dizzy spells.

Saleem, of Marlborough Road, Luton pleaded guilty to wounding with intent on 11 November last year and intimidation between 11 and 23 November. He had a previous conviction for affray.

Defence barrister Gordon Ross said: "The evening started amicably. An argument erupted after the phone call and they were swearing at each other. It arose out of drink. They had been drinking from this bottle and he lashed out."

He said Saleem had accompanied his cousin to the hospital.

Jailing him, Judge Richard Foster said: "Drink was the root cause. It is never mitigation. It is aggravation. It was an unnecessary and unprovoked attack."

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