'Chilling degree of nonchalance': Leeds knife thug slashed man's face - then went to takeaway

A knife thug who scarred a man for life after slashing his face and arm in an unprovoked attack in Leeds city centre has been handed a 12-year extended sentence.

By Mark Lavery
Sunday, 15th March 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Sunday, 15th March 2020, 6:20 pm

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A Leeds Crown Court judge said 27-year-old Shakeel Mohammed launched the 'cowardly and callous' attack before displaying a 'chilling' degree of nonchalance' by going to a takeaway as his seriously injured victim bled heavily.

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A Leeds Crown Court judge said 27-year-old Shakeel Mohammed, of Conway Street, Harehills, launched the 'cowardly and callous' attack before displaying a 'chilling degree of nonchalance' by going to a takeaway as his seriously injured victim bled heavily.

Prosecutor, Jonathan Sharp, said the victim and friends had left Space nightclub just before 4am on September 21 2019 and were walking along Duncan Street when the victim bumped into one of two men Mohammed was with.

Mr Sharp said the victim apologised but one of the two men shouted "You spilled my drink."

The two men with Mohammed crowded round the victim in an aggressive manner, with one saying 'who do you think you are? and 'do you know who I am?'

Mohammed took a folding knife from his pocket and walked towards the victim.

Mr Sharp said: "He raised his hand and in a single movement slashed the inside of (his) right forearm and the left side of his face, vertically from his jawline to above his eyebrow., causing a deep eight-inch wound penetrating to muscle and cutting into an artery. He narrowly missed the eye."

Mr Sharp said: "The defendant was so confident there would be no reprisal that he remained in the area for several minutes before going to a takeaway."

The victim was taken to hospital by ambulance and had to have 40 stitches in the face wound and three in the arm wound.

The attack was caught on CCTV and an image of Mohammed was circulated by police.

Mohammed was caught after a high police chase in Armley on January 23, when he was arrested after crashing the VW Passat he was driving.

Mohammed admitted wounding with intent, dangerous driving, failing to stop and driving without a licence or insurance.

He has 17 previous convictions for 23 offences, including supplying class A drugs, drink driving and handling stolen goods.

Martin Morrow, mitigating, said Mohammed, who has a four-year-old child, feels remorseful.

Mr Morrow said Mohammed was hospitalised for more than two weeks in 2015 after he was the victim of a knife attack when he was stabbed twice in the neck and once in the stomach.

Judge Simon Philips handed Mohammed an extended sentence totalling 12 years - a nine year custodial term followed by an extended three year period on licence.

Judge Philips told Mohammed: "This was a cowardly, callous and vicious attack. It was entirely unprovoked."

He added: "The degree of nonchalance you showed after the attack on this man was chilling."