Part of ear bitten off in street brawl

THE instigators of a street brawl which left a man missing part of his ear were lucky to escape prison, a judge has said.

An argument broke out in The Venue nightclub in Todmorden around 3.30am on November 7 2009.

Friends Ashley Clark, 20, Phillip Clegg and David Collier, both 23, were on a night out from Bacup.

Brothers Iftikhar Hussain, 27, of Newlands, Sowerby Bridge and Bakkar Hussain, 25, from Bradford were also in the club with Iftikhar Hussain’s girlfriend, 32 year-old Tracey Dempsey.

An argument broke out inside the club between the two groups.

After the argument started, Iftikhar Hussain got into his car, driving the wrong way up Bridge Street, narrowly missing a pedestrian.

A brawl, lasting 15 minutes, broke out with bottles, punches and kicks being thrown.

It started after Dempsey grabbed Collier’s cousin, Gemma Collier, by her hair and dragged her into the street on her knees.

Dempsey lost two teeth during the incident and boyfriend Iftikhar Hussain had part of his ear bitten off.

Judge Jonathan Rose told Dempsey and her boyfriend, who have children together, they could and should have walked away.

“A report described this as ugly, violent and persistently violent. But it is disgraceful.

“People who were in that club, and the citizens of Todmorden, are entitled to enjoy their leisure time without fear created by people like you.

“This was a frightening experience. Iftikhar Hussain, you are in a sense responsible for everybody else being in the dock. You could have got your brother and Tracey Dempsey in the car and driven it down the road.”

Dempsey and Iftikhar Hussain received three month suspended sentences and told to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.

“Your children who you gave no thought to on this evening would have been left without your care,” said Judge Rose.

He told her it was the last time she could use her children “as a get out of jail free card”.

“You can’t hold them up every time you get into trouble,” he said.

Clegg also admitted affray and was given an 18 month community order with 150 hours of unpaid work.

Collier and Bakkar Hussain both admitted a public order offence and were given a 12 month community order and told to complete 80 hours of unpaid work.

Clark did not appear at court and a warrant for his arrest was issued.