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A HEROIN addict who “scared the living daylights” out of a teenage girl by robbing her family’s newsagents at knifepoint has been jailed.
Salamat Hussain, 40, threatened to “slice the throat” of 16 year-old Shabina Mujahid during the daylight raid on Bowling News, in Bowling Hall Road, Bradford, on February 22.
Prosecutor Tamara Pawson told Bradford Crown Court that Miss Mujahid had been alone behind the counter of the store at around 5.30pm when she saw a black car pull up outside via the shop’s CCTV.
Seconds later, Hussain, using a scarf to cover his face, burst in with a knife with a “ten to 12-inch blade.”
He grabbed a tray of cash from inside the shop’s till and told Miss Mujahid: “Lift up the shutter or I will slice your throat.”
She did so, and started handing Hussain packets of cigarettes as he also demanded money from a box under the counter.
He then left the shop, handing the tray of cash and cigarettes to someone in the waiting car, a Volkswagen Golf.
He then came back into the shop, checking a charity box for money before fleeing with more cigarettes and the knife, which he had left on the counter.
Hussain drove away down Bowling Hall Road, but after the robbery was reported to police, officers identified the car via CCTV from the shop.
Just over a week later, on March 1, police traced the car to nearby Sangster Way and when Hussain stated the vehicle was his, he was arrested.
Miss Pawson told the court that the value of the cash and cigarettes taken by Hussain was put at £1,800.
She said the defendant had previously served jail terms for attempted murder in 2002, in which he tried to run someone over in a car, and attempted robbery in 2001, where he tried to raid an off-licence armed with a wooden bat.
Miss Mujahid did not give a victim impact statement, but her statement to police said she had been “fearful she would be stabbed” during the incident, and had been left “shocked and scared.”
Michael Greenhalgh, for Hussain, of Rooley Lane, Bradford, said his client had spent eight years “out of trouble” since being released from custody in 2009.
He said Hussain had suffered the psychological impact of the deaths of his mother and brother, and had become depressed after a back injury forced him to give up work as a mechanic.
Mr Greenhalgh said Hussain began self-medicating by using heroin, and got into “several thousands of pounds” of debt with dealers, who began making threats against him and his sister.
Jailing Hussain for six years, with an extended licence period of four years, Judge Burn told him: “You scared the living daylights out of Miss Mujahid, it is clear she was absolutely terrified.
“It is obvious she suffered severe shock. You then came back into the shop just when she might have thought her nightmare was over.
Blair Logan jailed for killing brother by setting him on fire
Blair Logan, 27, admitted to pouring petrol on his younger sibling Cameron, but said he had not intended to kill him.
A man has been jailed for 20 years for murdering his brother and attempting to murder his brother's girlfriend by setting them on fire.
Blair Logan, 27, poured petrol over his younger brother Cameron and his brother's girlfriend, Rebecca Williams, as they slept on New Year's Day.
The couple were at the Logan's family home in Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland.
Ms Williams was rescued and treated in hospital, while Logan's parents suffered smoke inhalation. The family dog, Gomez, was also killed.
Logan had pleaded guilty to charges of murder and attempted murder last month. He said he had poured the petrol in retaliation for being punched earlier by his brother, but had not intended to kill him.
"It was not my intent to kill him but I did do it," he told police.
He was given a life sentence with a minimum of 20 years, reduced from 24 because of his early plea, at the High Court in Edinburgh.
Judge Lady Scott said Cameron had died a "horrible death" and that his brother had "acted with wicked recklessness".
During the trial, the court heard the two brothers had a "hostile" relationship, and Logan told police they had not spoken since the death of their grandmother in 2013.
A computer seized from his bedroom showed that he had searched the internet for burn victims since October last year.
Logan told police he thought that Ms Williams was out of the room, and also that he did not want to murder his parents, David and Catherine.
Both parents, as well as Ms Williams, were in court. In a letter to the court, the parents said they "find it extremely difficult to reconcile the Blair they know with the Blair who caused Cameron's death".
Defence QC Shelagh McCall said Logan had shown genuine remorse, and now viewed the murder of his brother as "horrific".
On the night of the fire, Mrs Logan, awoken by the dog, ran out of the house to call for help from neighbours.
Mr Logan tried to enter the living room, where the couple were sleeping on an inflatable mattress, but was beaten back by the intensity of the fire.
Ms Logan was able to escape the room and go to the kitchen, where she protected herself by putting her head in the fridge.
She suffered burns to her arms and face and has undergone surgery four times. She also damaged her throat, vocal cords and lungs, and due to the extent of her injuries, she may not be able to return to work as a broadcast journalist.
Judge Jamie Tabor QC told the panel that barrister Fiona Elder would begin the prosecution case on Wednesday morning and they were released until then.
He told them: "This case concerns sexual activity on a ball night at the Royal Agricultural University. Some of that was filmed.
"This is going to be what we call adult pornographic material - very short in length - to be watched."
Duff, of Blunsdon, Swindon, Wiltshire denies three charges of rape. He also denies a charge of sexual assault against the same woman which is alleged to have been carried out between October 1 and 31 2013.
Martin, of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, denies a single charge of rape. Mahon, of Cirencester, Gloucestershire denies three charges of rape and two charges of assault by penetration.
Foster, of Kelvedon, Colchester, Essex denies one charge of rape and two charges of assault by penetration.