Facebook feud stabber jailed for eight years for defending family name
IT was a Facebook feud that spilled on to the streets in a young man’s bid to protect his family name.
Afsar Uddin, 21, of Longlevens, stabbed his rival three times in the back and was yesterday sentenced to eight years for the near-fatal attack.
A judge said Uddin, felt it was his duty to protect the family name after a social media spat that led him to challenge Monwar Ali to a ‘duel’.
The jury at Gloucester Crown Court found Afsar Uddin, 21, of Liddington Road, Longlevens, guilty of wounding with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm on Monwar Ali in March last year.
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Mr Ali was stabbed three times in the back during the attack and suffered a punctured lung.
The assault followed Facebook comments made by Uddin's brother who said Birmingham was full of "little short-ar**d Asian men with their shoes falling off and funny baseball caps".
A spat continued online before violence broke out in a series of tit for tat attacks.
During the trial, the jury heard that on one occasion, three men, including Uddin and his brother, went to Mr Ali's home wielding baseball bats but they were seen off by the victim.
Four days after an altercation at a railway crossing at Horton Road, Uddin and Mr Ali's paths crossed again, with near fatal consequences.
Uddin had entered 'enemy territory' armed with a knife, the court heard. The two men got into a fight.
On sentencing, His Honour Judge Jamie Tabor said Uddin was a 'timid' boy before he got involved with the feud. "I can safely say that the message on Facebook was the genesis to this," he said. "As the younger brother you felt you had a duty to protect the family name.
"You backed up your brother who felt he had been insulted by the type of man he had such a low opinion of, a 'waster man'.
"He felt the shame that this 'waster man' had seen off three men. I am not satisfied that you were lying in wait for Mr Ali.
"You decided that you would effectively have a duel. He (Mr Ali) did not hide that he was a street lad, with street values. But this was not Queensbury Rules. You pulled out a knife in the twilight and stabbed him not once but three times. This tells us everything you need to know about the dangers of young men carrying knives."
Detective Sergeant Gavin Webb said: "This incident understandably upset and scared the local community back in March 2012 and we hope this result at court reassures them that no matter how long it takes we will see those responsible for causing violence on our streets put before the courts and brought to justice."