Pensioner, 70, spared jail despite pack of animals brawl on footpath

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A pensioner was among four people who avoided prison following a brawl that saw them behave “like a pack of animals”.

One defendant was even given time off her curfew to take a trip to Spain with her five-year-old daughter.

Margaret Docherty, 70, along with Lindsey Pollard, 42, Umar Ashiq, 31, and 25-year-old Akib Iqbal were all handed suspended sentences and spared jail, for their part in horrible scenes at a birthday party at a flat in Manchester.

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All four defendants admitted a charge of affray.

Minshull Street Crown Court were told how Docherty, Pollard and Ashiq were drinking outside when Iqbal walked their way, with Ashiq’s ex and her new partner, Madasar Iqbal. He made a comment about Ashiq’s wife.

Docherty confronted Madasar Iqbal at his flat, punching him in the face, before returning to the party.

The Iqbals then headed to the party themselves, triggering a massive brawl in which Docherty and her son armed themselves with chairs, before they smashed several windows.

Pollard attacked Madasar Iqbal’s partner repeatedly, while Docherty landed “at least ten” punches to her head. Ashiq also kicked her twice as she lay on the ground.

Madasar Iqbal then rushed Docherty’s son as he turned his back, hitting him on the head with a weapon and seriously wounding him.

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His Honour Judge Mark Savill sentenced Akib Iqbal to six months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and ordered him to do 30 rehabilitation activity days and 150 hours unpaid work.

Ashiq was given six months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to complete ten rehabilitation activity days and 100 hours unpaid work.

Docherty was handed ten months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to complete 15 rehabilitation activity days and abide by an electronically monitored curfew between 8pm-7am for three months.

Pollard was handed 12 months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to complete 30 rehabilitation activity days.

Judge Savill said: “This quite disgraceful episode of disorder was confined to those who have been charged and those related to them. Quite what all of you thought you were doing on that night is completely beyond me.”

Adam White, defending Akib Iqbal, said: “Everybody had too much to drink and quite frankly it was like a pack of animals, it was a disgrace.”

Madasar Iqbal had appeared before the courts separately on May 5 to answer charges of wounding and affray in relation to his attack on Docherty's son. Judge Savill sentenced him to three years and seven months in custody.

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