Two pairs of brothers sentenced for violent attacks on Birmingham men

|News, Violent crime

UPDATED: 19 December 2019

Two pairs of brothers have been jailed for a combined total of 100 years at Birmingham Crown Court today (19 December) for their involvement in serious violent attacks on Birmingham men in April and May 2019.

Jacob Emanuel was jailed for 27 years plus a five year extended licence period, Nathan Emanuel was jailed for 36 years plus a five year extended licence period, Mohammed Osman was jailed for 20 years plus a five year extended licence period and Mohammed Luqman was jailed for 17 years.

See below for further sentencing details.

On 30 April 2019, the victim Ishaaq Ayaz was attacked and beaten by brothers Jacob and Nathan Emanuel with a shotgun at a flat in Strensham Court, Edgbaston. After he fled from the scene, the males returned to attack another visitor, Mustafa Afsar, who was shot in the face by Nathan causing life-changing injuries.

In a linked attack, a few days later on 2 May, a second group of brothers kidnapped Hasan Khan from the street in Balsall Heath. Khan was driven to Caroline Road by Mohammed Luqman and others where he was dragged out of the car as more of the attackers arrived. The jury found that Luqman’s brother Mohammed Osman stabbed Khan three times before being taken to Heartlands Hospital, causing life-threatening injuries to his neck area.

The prosecution case was that these attacks were motivated by escalating tensions between rival gangs in South East Birmingham. The violent incidents on 30 April and 2 May had followed a series of other violent events in the area in the preceding week or so.

Jacob Emanuel pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent following the attacks on Ishaaq Ayaz, as well as to the possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and the attempted murder of Mustafa Afsar. His brother Nathan Emanuel was convicted of the same offences following the trial.

The other set of brothers Mohammed Luqman and Mohammed Osman denied the kidnap and attempted murder of Hasan Khan. Following a trial, Luqman was convicted of kidnap and causing grievous bodily harm, and Osman was convicted of kidnap and attempted murder.

Sentencing will be on 19 December.

Hannah Sidaway of the CPS said: “The Crown Prosecution Service worked closely with the police from the outset of the investigation.

"This complex case required the linking of several incidents as part of the overall pattern of violence, to prove the motive and association between the offenders.

"The prosecution had to work together to manage the reluctance of witnesses who did not want to give evidence, as well as collate and present a significant amount of telecoms and CCTV evidence to disprove the defendant's claims of being elsewhere at the time of the offences.

"Our thoughts are with all those directly affected by these crimes, and we hope that today's verdicts send out a strong message that those who possess guns, and are prepared to perpetrate such serious violence, will be brought to justice".

Notes to editors

  • Hannah Sidaway is a Specialist Prosecutor for CPS West Midlands
  • Sentencing details
    • Jacob Emanuel (DOB: 4 Jan 1983): Total 32 years' imprisonment, 27 years + 5 years extended licence - deemed a dangerous offender
    • Nathan Emanuel (DOB: 19 Jul 1974): Total 41 years' imprisonment, 36 years + 5 years extended licence - deemed a dangerous offender
    • Mohammed Osman (DOB: 14 Nov 1988): Total 25 years' imprisonment, 25 years + 5 years extended licence - deemed a dangerous offender
    • Mohammed Luqman  (1 Jul 1998): Total 17 years' imprisonment for S.18 GBH, 6 years for Kidnap concurrent - deemed not dangerous

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