A Batley man has been jailed for more than five years after he attacked a relative in the street with a rounders bat.

A family dispute erupted into violence on the street in Mount Pleasant, Dewsbury, after 27-year-old Samir Hussain came across Mohammed Yaqoob by chance.

Bradford Crown Court heard today that Mr Yaqoob had his young son in his car when Hussain overtook him in a works van and stopped in front of their vehicle.

Prosecutor Dave Mackay told the court that Hussain went over to the complainant’s car intending to speak to him about the dispute, but after Mr Yaqoob poked him in the stomach with a small rounders bat the defendant took if off him and hit “numerous times” to the head and body.

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Mr Mackay said the attack with bat continued even when Mr Yaqoob was on the ground and ended when members of the public shouted at Hussain to stop.

The broad daylight incident in March resulted in Mr Yaqoob suffering a fractured left forearm and an open fracture to his left leg.

It is understood that Mr Yaqoob had to have a metal plate inserted in his leg during surgery at hospital and he also had cuts to his head.

After the assault Mr Yaqoob told police that his nephew Samir had done it, but after his arrest Hussain claimed that he had only struck the complainant a few times in self defence.

Hussain, of Dark Lane, Batley, had been due to stand trial today but he admitted a charge of causing Mr Yaqoob grievous bodily harm with intent.

Barrister Amanda Johnson, for Hussain, said he had expressed genuine remorse for the offence and she explained that he had lost his temper in a “moment of madness” after being provoked.

Bradford Crown Court

She said her client had foolishly decided to stop his vehicle to remonstrate with Mr Yaqoob and the situation had escalated.

Jailing Hussain for 61 months Recorder Richard Woolfall said he had pleaded guilty to a very serious allegation and it was clear that there was a background to the incident which happened on March 14 this year.

As part of the sentence Recorder Woolfall imposed an indefinite restraining order which bans Hussain from contacting Mr Yaqoob directly or indirectly and he is also prohibited from going to the street where he lives in Staincliffe.