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Luton stabbing trio jailed for almost 29 years

6 Feb 2019

Three men from Luton have been sentenced to a total of almost 29 years in prison, after a brutal attack on a man in a Luton street last May, which left him with multiple stab wounds.

Junaid Hussain, 22, of Culverhouse Road, Rafiqull Islam, 21, of Waterslade Green and Hassan Mehmood, 20, of Bodmin Road, were jailed at Luton Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday), after previously pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

At around 3pm on Sunday 6 May, the victim was walking on Dumfries Street, Luton, when he was attacked by the trio who had gone out looking for him in the mistaken belief that he was responsible for an arson attack at Hussein’s home on 3 May.

CCTV from the scene clearly showed Hussain’s car driving along the street, then stopping, as the victim was then seen running into view of the camera. 

The three men jumped out of the vehicle and chased the victim along the road, catching up with him outside the Dumfries Hotel.

They pinned him up against the glass door of the hotel, before forcing him out of the doorway where they attacked him, stabbing him in his legs and pulling him to the ground.

When he attempted to get up, they pushed him back down to the floor where he was subjected to a barrage of punches and kicks.

The victim also had his head stamped on and his face slashed.

The men then fled the scene in Hussain’s car leaving the victim lying motionless in the road.

Two hours later, in an attempt to build a false alibi for his part in the attack, Hussain called police to report the theft of the registration plates from his vehicle. 

Officers went to his home in Culverhouse Road and saw the car without its plates, but Hussain wasn’t there.  They searched the house and discovered a pair of light grey tracksuit bottoms, similar to those worn by one of the attackers who had been captured on CCTV, in a bucket.

The three were subsequently arrested and charged in connection with the attack.
Hussain was sentenced to eight years and eight months, Islam was jailed for nine years and Mehmood received 10 years and nine months.

In summing up, Judge Richard Foster warned of the perils of taking the law into your own hands.

Detective Sergeant Jo Goodson, of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit who investigated the case, said: “This was a vicious, revenge-motivated attack in broad daylight, in the mistaken belief the victim was responsible for starting a fire at Hussain’s home.

“This violent behaviour is totally unacceptable on our streets, as is the idea to deal out vigilante-style justice.  It was entirely by luck that the wounds inflicted on this victim were not more serious, and this did not become a murder investigation.

“There is no excuse for carrying knives, and I hope that the lengthy sentences awarded to the offenders serve as a warning to others about the consequences of using a weapon.”

Tackling knife crime in Bedfordshire is a priority for the force.

Operation Sceptre is the force's dedicated response to knife crime, working hard to reduce the number of people who carry knives.

"Sceptre stories" is a series of videos that illustrate the impact of knife crime.  You can view them here.

L-R: Junaid Hussain, Rafiqull Islam, Hassan Mehmood
L-R: Junaid Hussain, Rafiqull Islam, Hassan Mehmood

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