A man who has accused a play area boss of beating him up in front of children playing in a Sheffield park is ‘a leech’, a court heard.
Asif Majid is said to have terrorised people in Sheffield parks for more than a decade and once sent an associate to tell Endcliffe Park play area boss Jonathan Pullin his ‘legs will be broken by Christmas’.
After being sworn in on the Pullin family bible – which has been in his family for seven generations – Jon Pullin told Sheffield Crown Court: “He is like a leech. He attaches himself to people and makes their lives a misery. He is relentless.”
Pullin, aged 45, is accused of holding Mr Majid down so another man, Jason Marsh, could punch him on August 19, 2013.
He then allegedly went back to Mr Majid and kicked him in the face.
In a separate incident in October 2014, Pullin, of Abbeydale Road South, Abbeydale, is accused of spotting Mr Majid at a bus stop, pulling over and shouting racist abuse at him.
But Pullin said Majid –who has a restraining order not to contact the proprietor of Endcliffe Park café and a previous conviction for perverting the course of justice – was a nuisance.
Pullin said the 2013 incident occurred after Mr Marsh approached him, ‘babbling’ something, before going to attack Mr Majid, who was blowing kisses and making sexual gestures at him.
Pullin told the court: “I said, ‘I’m going to have to deal with this’.
“Mr Majid has produced a knife on several occasions. It was a packed park and someone needed to stop him and stop anything more serious from happening.”
Pullin said some months after that incident, Majid jumped in front of his van, causing him to brake hard.
His dog was injured as it was thrown at the windscreen, and afterward Pullin spent £400 having the signage removed from his van so he could not be so easily identified.
During the bus stop incident, Pullin says Majid turned to a lady at the bus stop and said, “That BNP racist is going to kick me in, sister.”
Pullin denies one count of assault and one of affray.
The trial continues.