'Disgusting, disgraceful and dangerous': Teenager kicked DJ in the head during gang robbery behind Leeds Kirkgate Market

A DJ was kicked in the head and had her equipment stolen by a gang of teenagers as she made her way home from performing at a music event in Leeds city centre.

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 4:45 pm

Kamran Hussain was among a group who targeted the victim as she walked behind Kirkgate Market in the early hours of the morning.

Jemima Stephenson, prosecuting, said the victim is transgender and was approached by the group as they shouted and swore at her.

One member of the group said: "Look at you, you freak."

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Gang attacked DJ behind market in Leeds city centre

She was punched to the ground then kicked to the head, face and body during the attack.

Her bag was taken which contained a laptop and charger worth £1,300.

Ms Stephenson said the victim suffered a broken nose and bruising to her face and body.

Police officers arrested members of the gang with the help of LeedsWatch cameras.

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Blood on one of his Nike trainers contained a DNA match to the victim.

The prosecutor said: "Blood on the trainer was consistent with him kicking her in the mouth twice with his right foot."

The victim described in a statement how she suffers from arthritis and ME and the injuries made her disabilities worse.

She also described how she had turned down DJ work through fear of being attacked again.

Hussain, now aged 18, pleaded guilty to robbery.

The teenager also has convictions for possessing drugs, possessing a bladed article, threatening behaviour and assaulting an emergency worker.

Shila Whitehead, mitigating, said Hussain was a youth at the time of the attack and was sorry for what he had done.

Ms Whitehead said the teenager had a traumatic upbringing and is now working hard to address his offending behaviour.

He was made the subject of an electronically-tagged curfew order for three months and ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work.

Judge Andrew Stubbs QC said: "You had an upbringing that nobody could wish for.

"Because of those difficulties and because you were young at the time, I am going to do something I never expected to do.

"I thought that you would be going to custody for a period that was going to be measured in years.

"What you did was terrible. However your life has been until now, it does not give you a right to kick anyone in the head.

"What you did was disgusting, disgraceful and dangerous."

Judge Stubbs added: "You are 18 now. You are not a child.

"The chances you are given will run out.

"I am giving it to you on the basis that we will not meet again.

"If you breach it you will come back before me and you won't get another chance."