150 hours for baseball bat vandal

A MAN who was part of a gang that attacked a car with baseball bats, causing £3,000 of damage, has been told he must do unpaid work for the community.

Nasir Mahmood, 32, of Sanworth Street, Todmorden, was one of four men seen outside a house in Bride Street last June.

Prosecutor John Bull told Bradford Crown Court a woman was woken by the sound of thuds and banging outside. When she looked out the bedroom window she saw two Asian males and two white men using the bats to damage her car.

Mr Bull said during the attack serious damage was caused to its bonnet, roof, boot and windows.

The motive for the attack was unclear, but Mahmood’s barrister Simon Myers said it was revenge following an assault on his client.

“This car was damaged in revenge for an assault, but in fact it was the wrong car,” said Mr Myers.

“This lady, of course, had nothing to do with the incident she was on the receiving end of.”

Mahmood was described as a hard-working family man and the court heard that three other men had been sentenced for their parts in the incident.

One was jailed for three months and two others received community orders, including unpaid work and supervision.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC sentenced Mahmood to a 12-month community order which includes a 30-day activity requirement and 150 hours of unpaid work. He must also pay compensation of £260 and £340 costs.