Father and son behind Forest Gate attack

A father and son ordered the gang attack on their neighbours after a “childish” row over a parking space.

Mohammed Aslam 54, and Azhar Aslam, 19, led the mob attack on Abdul Manan and his son Osman and encouraged six of the teenager’s friends to join in.

Snaresbrook Crown Court heard that the victims were repeatedly kicked and punched in the head until they blacked-out.

The brawl, which started when Azhar punched Osman in the head, stemmed from a dispute between his father and Abdul Manan over a parking space in a narrow alleyway in Sprowston Mews, Forest Gate.

When police arrived on the scene the six young men drafted in for back-up were found hiding in a garage.


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Azhar was jailed for 16 months after pleading guilty to two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

His father Mohammed, 54, was given a 50 week sentence suspended for two years.

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Abdur-Rehman Khan, Sinan Faiz, Arafat Lodhy, Luqman Khan, Shiraz Zafar, all 20, and Moshin Suleman, 21, were sentenced to 40 weeks imprisonment suspended for 18 months.

Sentencing the group, Judge Murray Shanks said: “The events of May 19, 2010, started with some silly dispute about parking or passing in a narrow alleyway where both the families have garages.

“There was an incident between Mohammed Aslam and Abdul Manan.

“That incident caused Mohammed Aslam to feel slighted or upset and that something needed to be done so he made contact with his son Azhar and he in turn made contact with the other six defendants and he gathered up the group.

“That group then went up to Abdul Manan sparring for a fight and that fight was started with a punch by Azhar to Osman Manan’s head.

“After that the two Manans were taken to the floor and they were kicked and punched by the whole group until both of them passed out.

“They suffered bruises and cuts to their head and other parts of their bodies.

“It must have been a very frightening experience for these two to be set upon by a group of at least eight men.”

Turning to Mohammed Aslam, Judge Shanks said: “You started all of this with some silly dispute and you then took it upon yourself to exact some kind of revenge.

“It is all very childish behaviour.”

Addressing Azhar Aslam, the judge said: “You were the one who rounded up the other boys out of some sort of misplaced loyalty to your father.

“You were at his right hand side and you were the one who started the fight and therefore you must bare a greater responsibility and you will receive a custodial sentence.”

Mohammed Aslam, of Airlie Gardens, Ilford, Abdur-Rehman Khan of The Drive, Ilford, Faiz of Hyacinth Close, in Ilford, Lodhy of Wanstead Park Road, Ilford, Luqman Khan of Endsleigh Gardens, Ilford, Suleman of Balfour Road, and Zafar of De Vere Gardens, Ilford, were all convicted by a jury of two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm earlier this year.

All seven men were ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and in total the seven were told they must pay compensation to their victims of �3,500.

Mohammed Aslam was ordered to contribute �1,100 towards costs.

Azhar Aslam, of (2) Airlie Gardens, Ilford, pleaded guilty to the same two counts and did not appear before the jury.

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