TWO brothers have been sentenced for their part in a neighbours’ feud, which ended with a woman being hit with a metal bar.
Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday how Maqsooda Zaman was taken to hospital after being struck on her left foot with the bar, during an incident at her home on Fir Road, Paddock, in June.
Barrister Anthony Dunne told the court that there appeared to have been a history of hostility between the complainant’s sons and the sons of the family who lived opposite her home.
On the morning of the incident Mrs Zaman heard a lot of people gathered outside her home and things being thrown at her front door.
Sajjad Latif, 31, was said to have been shouting threats and saying he would cut the complainant, who was in the house on her own, and her two sons into pieces.
When she went downstairs and told Latif and another man that her sons were not there, she noticed 29-year-old Ajaz Latif in a nearby car with three other men.
Sajjad Latif then swore at the complainant before hitting her with the metal bar causing her foot to bleed.
The victim was taken to hospital where she had an X-ray but there was no fracture to her foot.
The Latif brothers were both arrested a few days later, but neither answered any questions.
Ajaz Latif, who lives at the family home in Fir Road, pleaded guilty to threatening behaviour and also admitted an offence of house burglary dating back to 2005.
He was sentenced to 12 months in jail, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work for the community.
His brother Sajjad was jailed immediately for a year after admitting a charge of affray.
Judge Peter Benson described his behaviour that day as “disgraceful”.
The judge told Sajjad Latif, who lives in Manchester, that he had armed himself with the metal bar and had hammered on the door before being abusive and threatening towards the complainant.
“Eventually the lady complainant was hit by the bar that you were holding, on the left foot.
“She was injured and had to be taken to hospital,” said Judge Benson.