Six members of the same family were sentenced at Preston Crown Court for their roles in the Blackburn assault. Photo Courtesy of: BBC-UK
by, Yorkshire Post
Six Muslim siblings involved in a planned “brutal and sustained” attempted kidnap and assault of a white woman who was in a relationship with their sister have been jailed for up to six years.
Sarah Harrison, 35, was targeted as she left her place of work in Blackburn, Lancashire, as the family sought to discover where she and her partner Nazma Ditta, 28, were living.
CCTV captured the fierce struggle that Miss Harrison put up as she fended off attempts to bundle her into a car in broad daylight on June 20 last year.
Preston Crown Court heard how Miss Harrison feared that acid would be thrown in her face as shouts of “get her in, get her, you’ve messed with the wrong Muslims” were heard.
She was confronted by sisters Atfah Ditta, 32, and Ghazala Ditta, 31, who got out of a parked silver Toyota Corolla car.
They were joined by another sister Nighat Morris, 38, and brother Tahmoor Ditta, 26, who produced a metal tool which he brandished at a work colleague of Miss Harrison.
The three women then assaulted Miss Harrison who was dragged around by her hair and kicked as they tried to force her into the car.
The victim was repeatedly punched in the face and to her arms in an effort to remove her handbag and force her into the vehicle.
Sisters Aftah Ditta, Ghazala Ditta and Nighat Morris were captured on CCTV striking the victim and attempting to bundle her into a car parked in the street. Photo Courtesy of: BBC-UK
Her bag was taken from her but she managed to prevent herself being dragged into the car by holding on to its sides.
She was left standing at the side of the road as the group got back into their vehicle and drove away.
Ghazala Ditta, Atfah Ditta, both of Lambeth Street, Blackburn, and Nighat Morris, of Banker Street, Bolton, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to conspiracy to commit actual bodily harm, attempted kidnap and robbery. They were all jailed for five years and four months.
Tahmoor Ditta, of Lambeth Street, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to the above charges and also admitted assault and possession of an offensive weapon and was sentenced to six years.
Two other sisters, Tosif Ditta, 35, of Pringle Street, Blackburn, and Nayyar Mehmood, 37, of Queens Park Road, Blackburn, had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit actual bodily harm and were imprisoned for three-and-a-half years.