‘Smirking’ family warned about 10 years of ‘appalling’ behaviour to neighbours

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A family has been warned in court about their “appalling behaviour” after they launched an attack on their neighbour following a decade of petty disputes.

Rehana Hussain, 45, and her three children Akhmal, 26, Dilbar, 23, and Rahila, 28, assaulted their neighbour after accusing him of throwing a brick at their house.

They marched onto the neighbour’s driveway in Prestwich, Bury, and launched a “disgraceful attack” on him in front of other family members and a 12-year-old child, a court heard.

Mother and daughter Rehana and Rahila threw punches at the complainant, while eldest son Akhmal pinned him up against a wall and tried to hit him.

At one point during the attack, Dilbar appeared to grab a piece of wood to use as a weapon.

Today, after seeing Rahila laugh and smirk throughout the court hearing and the two brothers argue with court staff about being able to use their phones in the dock, Judge Richard Mansell gave the family a stark warning.

As he spared them jail, he told the defendants that if they repeated their behaviour, they would be sent straight to custody.

Prosecutor Mark Kellet told Manchester Crown Court how the Hussain family and their neighbours had had ongoing problems between them over 10 years.

On the day of the incident on July 26 last year, they accused their neighbour of throwing a brick at their house.

Previously the families – who live opposite each other – had argued about parking disputes, criminal damage and threats of violence, the court heard.

During this altercation, the Hussain family attacked one of their  neighbours – a 23-year-old man – after “taking the law into their own hands”.

He protested his innocence and told them he had “done nothing wrong”, but they continued throwing punches at him and pushing him.

Defending Rahila Hussain, John Batchelor said the problems between both families had “escalated over time”.

“This family have lived at that house for 10 years and this has clearly escalated over time”, he said.

“They said their neighbours had been throwing stones towards them and their cars, were shouting and swearing at them and there has been some racial tension but that was not the prime issue.”

In mitigation for both Akhmal and Dilbar, Khadim Al’Hassan said: “The family are now keeping a log of complaints.

“It was disgraceful behaviour but there was obviously some sort of long-standing history between them.”

During the court hearing, Rahila appeared to laugh and smirk as the judge discussed the incident.

Her brothers Akhmal and Dilbar then went on to argue with two dock officers after trying to use their mobile phones in the court dock.

“You Rahila appear to have found it funny during this hearing but I see nothing funny whatsoeverm,” Judge Mansell said.

“If this behaviour continues and there are other incidents in the next 18 months you won’t be leaving through the front doors next time.”

All four defendants – who each have no previous convictions – pleaded guilty to offence affray.

Judge Mansell sentenced them all to community orders, as he said it would “achieve nothing sending them to prison”.

But he told the family they had behaved “appallingly” and have “brought shame their family name”.

Sentencing, he said: “Not one of you should think you are justified in behaving like this in front of a child.

“These are absolutely disgraceful scenes that no child should have to witness.

“It’s clear that for some years there has been some friction between your household and that household.

“The police have been called numerous times.

“The issues range from disputes over parking, threats of violence, threats of damage, acts of criminal damage.

“The police have better things to do than to intervene in petty neighbour disputes.

“I hope that you are now able to behave appropriately towards each other and get on with your own lives.

“I hope too that the other family behave appropriately.

“You all behaved appallingly that day and this has brought shame on your family name.”

Rehana Hussain, of Rectory Avenue, Prestwich, was sentenced to a 12-month community order made up of 10 rehabilitation activity requirement days and the women’s problem solving court.

Rahila Hussain, of Cyprus Street, Stretford, was sentenced to an 18-month community order made up of 15 rehabilitation activity requirement days and the women’s problem solving court.

Akhmal Hussain, of Rectory Avenue, Prestwich, was handed an 18-month community order with 80 hours of unpaid work and 10 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

Dilbar Hussain, of Rectory Avenue, Prestwich, was handed an 18-month community order with 60 hours of unpaid work and 10 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

The judge also imposed an 18-month restraining order on the family, preventing them from entering the boundary of the complainant’s house.

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