Man planned street attack for ‘honour’

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A man who masterminded an “honour-based” street attack on a man because he was unhappy with his relationship with a relative has been jailed.

Junaid Bhuta, now 22, was brutally attacked on Manchester Road, Avenham, Preston, on February 2, 2011, on his way to college.

He was left lying unconscious on the pavement as his attackers fled the scene in a waiting car.

The attackers themselves have never been identified.

But Salim Sakaria, 44, of Great Avenham Street, who orchestrated the pre-planned the attack because of the victim’s relationship with a young relative, was jailed for a total of eight years at Manchester Crown Court after admitting conspiracy to cause actual bodily harm and conspiracy to defraud VAT.

Javed Bhuta, the victim’s brother, said: “In the weeks after the attack we were terrified Junaid would be left brain damaged but fortunately he has recovered.

“He is leading a normal life at university. We are satisfied with the outcome.”

Salaria believed the relationship brought “shame and dishonour” upon the family.

Brett Gerrity, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: “This was a pre-planned and unprovoked attack on a man as he walked along a city centre street on his way to college.

“I am in no doubt that this violence was motivated by so called ‘honour’.

“He conspired with others to organise the assault in a public area to warn him off further contacting her.

He added: “Mr Bhuta was repeatedly kicked to the head by the assailants in this extremely vicious attack.

“He was rendered unconscious, was in a coma for a significant period of time and has sustained life changing injuries.

“Salim Sakaria eventually took responsibility for his actions by entering a guilty plea after the trial against him had started.”

“The CPS and police are dedicated to tackling honour based crime.

“We will not tolerate those who take the law into their own hands, for whatever reason, and will bring before the courts those who chose to do so.”