A man was afraid that he would be killed as he was pursued by a group of thugs for talking to a woman.
Dahir Mahamed, 21, and Jassin Mohamed, 21, Idris Adan 22, and Najib Mustafa Diiriye 21, were among a group of approximately eight men who launched the terrible attack because the lone male had talked to a woman who one of their friends fancied.
Leicester Crown Court heard how he was repeatedly punched and kicked, including flying kicks as he lay defenceless on the ground.
Mahamed and Mohamed, Adan, 22, and Diiriye, 21, all admitted affray and causing actual bodily harm.
Mr Jeyes said: “Idris Adan took exception to the lone stranger for speaking to a woman in the street.
He told him: “Don’t talk to that girl, my guy is going to talk to her and you’re lucky I don’t chef you up [stab him]”
The man, who was also told “not to mix with Somalians,” apologised and tried to walk away, but Adan pulled something over his head and pursued him.
The victim was “dragged around a corner” by the defendants and a number of others.
The judge was shown footage of the group attack, during which multiple blows were delivered as the man lay on the ground.
Mr Jeyes said: “He was in fear of his life after the mention of ‘chef you up’ and some of the group patted their waistbands as if armed with knives, although no weapons were produced.
“Mercifully his injuries weren’t serious.”
Street camera operators alerted the police who arrived to see the assailants scattering “like a starburst.”
The officers – including one of the force’s assistance chief constables, with a sergeant and constables – detained the defendants.
Judge Timothy Spencer QC said: “It’s very encouraging senior officers are coming out to deal with situations hands-on.”
Passing sentence, he told the defendants: “This was persistent mob violence on the street and those who kick a man when he’s down aggravate the offence.”
“It’s very difficult to reconcile what I have in these files that speak of your good sides, academic achievements and dedication to your families – who are supportive and caring families in despair at you being behind the glass of a dock – and the violence I’ve seen on screen.
“I’m giving you one big chance and there won’t be another.
“What has tipped the balance is the time you’ve already spent in custody.”
“If you let me down and reoffend you will go to prison.”
In mitigation, the defendants barristers said all four had lost their good character, which could affect their job prospects.
Jassin Mohamed and Mustafa Diiriye hope to resume their university courses in Istanbul, that they temporarily left to to return home during the pandemic, and Dahir Mahamed, had a degree course offer at Coventry University. They were all “deeply ashamed,” the court was told.
The defendants were each given 21 month jail sentences, suspended for two years.
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