Sheffield man escapes jail for pub attack

Arif Mohammed
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A SHOPKEEPER who attacked a man in a Sheffield bar for standing in his way on a staircase has been spared a jail term.

Arif Mohammed, aged 34, of Coupe Road, Burngreave, pushed Raymond Broomhead at the top of the stairs in the Lloyds Bar on Division Street.

Sheffield Crown Court heard Raymond spent three days in hospital following the attack, where he underwent surgery for a broken elbow.

Mohammed – who had convictions for violence and drug dealing – later told police Raymond had been blocking his way on the stairs, and that he lashed out because he felt threatened.

Beverley Tait, prosecuting, said Raymond was celebrating in Lloyds Bar with friends on December 11 last year when Mohammed bumped into his friend and an argument followed.

She said: “Mr Broomhead told him to calm down and at that stage the defendant pushed him.”

Ms Tait said Raymond fell and broke his fall with his arm.

Police were called and Mohammed was still in the bar when officers arrived.

Mohammed said he ‘didn’t realise he’d done anything wrong’ after pushing Raymond.

In a victim statement, Raymond said that he felt upset and that he ‘didn’t deserve’ to be attacked.

Sukhdev Garcha, defending, said Mohammed was tackling his problems with aggression.

Judge Roger Keen QC said: “I was going to send you to prison in view of your record for violence, but it does seem you might have made a change for the better.

“I’m going to suspend the inevitable prison sentence.”

Mohammed admitted causing GBH and was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, with a two-year supervision order and alcohol treatment requirement.

He will also have to pay £2,000 compensation to Raymond within two months.