Three men convicted of attempted murder given a total of 50 years in prison (2004)

Nottingham City Centre by Dan Foy. Found on flickr and used under Creative Commons. Nottingham City Centre by Dan Foy. Found on flickr and used under Creative Commons.

The victim, Ishrat Khan, said he was attacked in a Nottingham street by three men wearing balaclavas. Khan, who was very drunk at the time of the attack, identified Altaaf, Hussain and Ali as his attackers. Independent witnesses said only one of the men wore a balaclava. One witness said that two of the attackers were white. All the men convicted are Asian. All had strong alibis.

Khan has many convictions. His evidence was extraordinary. The following is from the appeal judgment:

5. The case depended primarily on the evidence of the victim. We need not go through that evidence or any other of the salient features of the case. When the victim came to be cross-examined, there were to start with the usual problems with which everyone involved in the Crown Court is familiar, of the judge having to encourage, persuade, cajole and ultimately tell the witness to answer the question, not to make speeches, to focus on what was being asked of him and to answer as best he could where his memory was not as bright as it might have been. But that was of no importance to what lay ahead. In the end significant problems arose because the witness made a number of very serious allegations of criminal conduct by the three applicants which was of no relevance and, even if true, would have been entirely inadmissible at the trial. He also made a number of forceful, intimidatory observations, accompanied by some physical signs of it, towards the jury.

6. We can encapsulate what is a much longer point by considering briefly some of the cross-examination. The following extract gives a flavour of the evidence:

“THE JUDGE: Just listen, would you, please? I keep repeating it —

THE WITNESS: Your Honour, I’ve been threatened, I’ve been bribed, everything.

THE JUDGE: Mr Khan, will you stop, please, and listen to what I have to say? Are you listening? Would you please answer the questions —


THE JUDGE: — and not make voluntary statements outside the ambit of the questions? Now, do I make myself clear?

THE WITNESS: Yes, sir.”

Within a moment or two the judge again reminded the witness to concentrate on the question. That reminder attracted this observation:

“It’s a mockery.”

He was then cross-examined further. He made plain to Mr O’Connor QC, who was then cross-examining that he realised that it was being suggested to him that he was a liar and a fraud and a cheat. The judge intervened and said:

“No, just listen.

THE WITNESS: Magna Carta, no man shall be denied justice.

THE JUDGE: Wait for the questions.

MR O’CONNOR: Mr Khan, I recognise —

THE WITNESS: If they come back out on the street, then you’re going to have the biggest war on your hands.

THE JUDGE: Listen to me, please.

THE WITNESS: And I promise you that in this courtroom. I’m sick of this, it’s a mockery of the judicial system. All you people are characters, clowns, and I’ve had enough. You can let them out on the street and I promise you I’ll bring them a war that you’ll always remember, everybody on this court will.”

The judge sought to intervene:

“Mr Khan —

THE WITNESS: I’m sitting here telling the truth. I’m sitting here telling the truth, whatever I’ve done, whatever I’ve not done, I have done it and I have admitted it, but those people sitting there in their suits, they don’t wear suits, they wear tracksuits when they’re on the streets, they wear trainers, they sell drugs, Class A drugs.

THE JUDGE: Mr Khan, will you please sit down. Just sit dow. Now will you calm yourself. Are you quite calm now?


THE JUDGE: You are. Would you be kind enough, please, to listen to the questions and answer them. Thank you.”

There were then a few questions from Mr O’Connor before the judge again had to intervene. He said:

“Please listen.

THE WITNESS: They are gangsters over there, they’re gangsters, they’ll get what, what goes around comes around. If you people don’t do them justice somebody else will and that’s a promise.

MR O’CONNOR: You can arrange it, can you now, Mr Khan?

A. I can’t. They’ve a thousand enemies out there on the streets who want these people. They’ve been blowing people’s cars up and all sorts.”

The judge sought to intervene again:

“Mr Khan —

THE WITNESS: Shooting through people’s windows, everything —

THE JUDGE: Mr Khan, will you please calm down and listen to the questions and answer them. I suggest we move on —

THE WITNESS: It’s the jury that should be scared of those people. I don’t go and attack people like you. Those people and me, we don’t get on because they’re shit. We’re all scum. I don’t claim to be a good guy, but we got on, you know, because we’re scum, but those people attack people like you, not me.”

Despite these outbursts, the trial continued. The appeal was dismissed on 23 February 2006.
To find out more, and make contact with the three men’s campaign, go to their website

See also

Three jailed for attempted murder

Two Nottingham men and a youth have been jailed for a total of 50 years for attempted murder and firearms offences.

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2 Comments on Three men convicted of attempted murder given a total of 50 years in prison (2004)

  1. I came across this story this morning,I happen to knw the victim and I can’t express how much anger and hatred I felt towards the ugly two some in the picture that had carried out such a cowardly act.i knw only a coward uses a weapon as these weaklings clearly can’t look after themselves and they need a gun to help them.i knw the victim in a fare fight would have left them wearing diapers for the rest of their life real men don’t need weapons and 50 years between them for trying to take a
    Life are not enough ,I would like to say they deserve it but I won’t as I knw the will be getting a telly to watch and someone will hand them a fone to keep in touch with the outside world and they may even get their druggy mates to even smuggle the crap they take and sell in there so no there is no justice in this country as I think even a leathel injection would not satisfy me as they deserve death by torture,when they come out of jail
    They will be exactly the same if not worse as your majesty’s service is to provide comfort for UGLY maggots like them have a desease growing in their harts which are envious of those that are like their victim and I read the bit where he says they are scum I am scum we
    are the same and I couldn’t disagree with him any more
    than I already do.ive known this person since childhood
    and the things that have happened to him only a brave person can survive from them and carry on like life hadn’t been hard at all and their is no one i know as brave beautiful and a gentle soul like him,I’m pleased that i had
    The privelage to be in his life for the short few years
    that I got to spend with him in childhood and as for 3 wimps they will come out but I pray they never come out of the fire of hell as no one delivers punishment to the guilty like the ALMIGHTY LORD Ameen


  2. They deserve everything they get..well deserved punishment for the scum bags that did it!


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