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Friday, 27 November 2020

Man who drove into ex-wife’s car and attacked her with a knife is jailed


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A man who deliberately drove into his ex-wife before attacking her with a knife has been jailed for ten-and-a-half years.

Zahier Bashir, 41, was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court today (Friday 21 September 2018) after pleading guilty to wounding with intent to cause GBH, ABH on his step-daughter, dangerous driving and breaching a restraining order.

The court heard how Bashir, formerly of Berridge Road Central, Nottingham, deliberately collided with a car which was being driven by his step-daughter, with his former partner in the passenger seat.

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It happened in Hucknall Road at about 2.20am on Sunday 1 April 2018.

After causing their vehicle to stop, Bashir got out of his car and smashed the passenger side window of the other vehicle before attacking his ex-partner with the knife.

Once she got out of the vehicle Bashir drove into her twice, knocking her over, before attacking her again with the knife, slashing her to the face and about the upper body.

Several passers-by stopped to assist including a motorcyclist who deliberately rode into Bashir to stop the attack.

Another member of the public, who was travelling home in a taxi after a night out, got out to help and put himself between Bashir and the victim, preventing him from getting to her.

Officers swiftly arrived at the scene and arrested Bashir.

The court heard that the victim suffered injuries including a large cut to her cheek. Her daughter also suffered minor cuts to her hand as she tried to protect her mum from Bashir.

As well as his prison sentence Bashir was made subject of a restraining order, was given a six-and-a-half year driving ban and ordered to take an extended retest.

Speaking after his sentencing Detective Constable Glenn Finbow said: “This was a shocking and savage attack which, without the brave intervention of the members of the public, could have easily resulted in fatal consequences.

“Obviously we would not encourage anyone to intervene in this sort of situation and potentially put themselves in danger however it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge the bravery of those members of the public who stopped that night to actively assist both the victims and aided in the apprehension of Bashir.

“They went above and beyond what we would expect from members of the public and I’d like to thank them for their actions on the night.

“Months on from the incident Bashir’s ex-wife and step-daughter are still dealing with the physical and psychological effects of this and I wish them well with their on-going recoveries. 

“I’d like to thank them for the courage and resilience they’ve shown throughout the investigation and subsequent court proceedings. I hope the fact Bashir has been locked up for a lengthy period will give them some comfort.

The judge recommended three members of the public to receive a High Sheriff Award commendation for their assistance at the scene.