A young thug has been jailed for a series of knife attacks where he slashed five victims during a street brawl.
Rohaan Akhtar, 21, admitted stabbing two men during the early hours violence, but a court heard a total of five men had ended up needing hospital treatment for knife injuries following the fighting in Bradford city centre in July.
The shocking incident was caught on camera as witnesses filmed the attack outside Village nightclub.
Akhtar, of no fixed abode, was caught on camera stabbing one of his victims in the side of the head as he sat dazed in the road after being punched.
Prosecutor Philip Adams said the victim suffered “a nasty gaping wound” to the left side of his face and in his statement two days later he described how he had needed 40 stitches in his wounds and felt “lucky to be alive”.
The court heard that Akhtar had also admitted lashing out at another man with the knife leaving him with injuries to his face, neck and chest, reports the Examiner Live.
It emerged during today’s hearing that Akhtar, who had limited previous convictions, had been given a community order for possession of a folding pocket knife back in April this year.
Mr Adams said when police arrived at the scene of the street violence in July, Akhtar was arrested and found to have a blood-stained silver lock knife with a four-inch blade in a pocket of his jeans.
The Recorder of Bradford Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC was told that the incident began inside the Village nightclub when another man suffered a slash wound to his face.
“Following the incident in the club the defendant left with some of his friends and they were followed a short time later by others who had been present in the club,” said Mr Adams.
“It is reasonable to infer that their intentions were to catch up with the defendant’s group and challenge them about what had taken place inside the club.”
The judge was shown city centre CCTV footage of some of the violence as well as the mobile phone recording taken by a woman who had been waiting for a taxi.
Akhtar pleaded guilty last month to two charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent in relation to the two men he stabbed outside the club.
He also admitted violent disorder and possession of the knife in a public place.
Barrister Christopher Moran, for Akhtar, urged the judge to accept that his client had expressed remorse and that the violence was wholly out of character.
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