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Ilford kebab shop attack: Man jailed after racist assault on pensioner

PUBLISHED: 12:30 10 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:37 10 July 2018

Imran Aziz, 27, must serve at least six months for a racially aggravated assault and theft. Photo: Ken Mears

Imran Aziz, 27, must serve at least six months for a racially aggravated assault and theft. Photo: Ken Mears

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A man who punched and racially abused a pensioner in the queue of an Ilford kebab shop before stealing his debit card has been jailed.

Imran Aziz, 27, of Brinklow Crescent, Plumstead, pleaded guilty at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Monday, July 9, to charges of racially aggravated assault by beating and theft.

Paul Nagle, prosecuting, said Aziz assaulted 65-year-old Anthony Soper as he waited in the queue of a kebab shop, in Cranbrook Road, on June 7.

“He was simply standing in the queue to order some food when the defendant came from behind and pushed him and started to order his own food,” Mr Nagle said.

Mr Soper told Aziz that he should wait his turn and Aziz replied with a racist insult.

Aziz pushed Mr Soper against the counter and then up against the wall before punching him in the head, causing a small cut.

He then snatched bank cards and a driving licence from Mr Soper’s pockets, which were recovered by police after they arrested him in York Road shortly after.

Mr Soper went to hospital but required no treatment for his injuries.

The court heard Aziz was serving a suspended sentence for a separate offence at the time of the incident.

The defence solicitor said Aziz was “very, very drunk” when the clash took place and “that he recalls little, to be honest”.

She added: “He is a young man who has a drink problem. Over the last week he has been sofa surfing and drinking to excess.”

She added: “He tells me that as soon as he was arrested he knew what was coming and hung his head in shame.”

Aziz was sentenced to six months in prison and six months’ community service.

“I accept your life has been destabilised since June 1,” said the chief magistrate during sentencing.

But she added: “You are, in effect, a bullet waiting to go off.”

Aziz was also ordered to pay £100 compensation to Mr Soper, an £85 victim surcharge and a £75 fine for possession of cannabis.


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