Riot hero father guilty of attack

Thurrock Gazette: Tariq Jahan has been convicted of grievous bodily harm in a roadside attack Tariq Jahan has been convicted of grievous bodily harm in a roadside attack

A bereaved father who publicly appealed for calm hours after his son was killed in last summer's riots has been convicted of a roadside attack after kicking and punching a factory worker he accused of staring at his wife.

Tariq Jahan, 46, was found guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm following a three-day trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Jurors heard he grabbed 34-year-old Sajjid Ali by the throat before punching him to the ground after the pair got into an argument in Handsworth, Birmingham, on July 6 last year.

The attack happened a month before Jahan won national acclaim for an impassioned appeal for peace after his 21-year-old son Haroon was killed during disorder in the Winson Green area of Birmingham.

The jury of seven men and five women took just under four hours to return a majority verdict. Jahan, who showed no visible reaction, was cleared of the more serious charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

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