A KNIFE-WIELDING 24-year-old has been jailed for two years for stabbing a teenager who sought sanctuary in a Huddersfield taxi office.
A judge told Zulqarnain Iqbal Dogar that he could have killed 18-year-old Faisal Khan after stabbing him in the chest.
The attack took place in GT Taxis on Lord Street on May 19.
Dogar, of Central Avenue, Fartown, pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful wounding.
Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday that words had been exchanged in the street before Mr Khan and a friend got into a taxi.
Prosecutor Timothy Capstick said CCTV footage showed Dogar initially running after the taxi but he then got into a car driven by a woman and followed the cab to the nearby office.
Mr Khan went into the office pursued by Dogar and a number of other men and sought refuge in a toilet cubicle.
Mr Capstick said the complainant was set upon by the group and Dogar produced a knife which he used to stab the teenager twice.
One of the blows caused a puncture wound to the teenager’s chest. He has now made a good recovery.
Dogar, who had previous convictions for drugs offences and assault, was arrested a few weeks after the attack and when he was detained police found a small kitchen knife in the bag he was carrying.
Barrister Shufqat Khan, for Dogar, conceded that his client had played a leading role in the incident.
But Dogar had no memory of it because of the amount he had had to drink.
Mr Khan said Dogar was shocked and horrified by what he had done. He said Dogar had now returned to his Muslim faith and was on a waiting list for an alcohol awareness course.
Jailing Dogar for two years, Recorder Charles Ekins said he had chased his victim in a car and had persisted in the pursuit even though the complainant had sought sanctuary in the taxi office.
“You are unbelievably fortunate that you are not facing a very, very, very much more serious offence than the one you face because even on your account in the condition you were in on that night anything could have happened to that victim,” said the judge.
“You could have killed him.”
The judge said he was satisfied that it had been a sustained assault involving a significant degree of premeditation.
Recorder Ekins accepted that Dogar had shown remorse.