THREE students have avoided being locked up over a brutal street beating of a man.
Dentistry student Waqas Khan, would-be lawyer Sajid Khan and Hamzah Hasan, who is studying engineering, had all admitted assaulting 21-year-old Zubair Khan during an incident on St John's Road, Birkby, last September.
Leeds Crown Court heard yesterday how the complainant was punched in the face and headbutted by 20-year-old Hasan.
Prosecutor Ewan McLachlan said the victim was punched by 19-year-old Waqas Khan before all three kicked him as he lay on the ground.
The attack lasted about 30 seconds before the occupants of a passing car shouted at the group and they left in a Seat Ibiza vehicle.
Judge Stephen Ashurst was shown photographs of Mr Khan's injuries which included two black eyes and various bruises and abrasions.
Barrister Michael Collins, for Waqas Khan, said his client wanted to challenge the complainant over threats made to his girlfriend.
“He had no intention of there being a violent confrontation until the victim made further threats which caused him to lose his temper,” said Mr Collins.
He described Waqas Khan as a model citizen and said his client was unsure about the impact of his conviction on his dentistry career.
Barrister Shufqat Khan, for 20-year-old Sajid Khan, said he had learned a salutary lesson.
Mr Shuqkat Khan said Hasan, who he also represented, was ashamed about his involvement.
Judge Ashurst said he had read exceptional references about all three, but they had all abandoned their judgement and joined in the assault on the complainant.
The judge accepted it was a one-off episode of violence but he said it was a serious one and he had only just been persuaded to suspend their eight-month terms in a young offender institution for two years.
Hasan, of Moorbottom Road, Thornton Lodge, Sajid Khan, of Berry Brow, Newsome, and Waqas Khan, of Lynton Avenue, Springwood, will each have to do 200 hours unpaid work for the community and they will each have to pay £750 to their victim.