Two men stabbed in Sheffield street fracas involving 25 people

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Two men were stabbed in a 25-strong clash on a Sheffield street after a row over a cannabis factory, a court heard.

Over two dozen people became involved in the fracas on Barnsley Road, Fir Vale, as some made their way to prayers at a mosque during Ramadan.

Resident Mohammed Younis, aged 34, had repeatedly complained to police about the drugs operation two doors down, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

He believed Chinese or Vietnamese ‘gardeners’ were growing cannabis at the property which was rented out by owner Mohammed Rashid and he was worried others were pointing the finger at him.

Nick Adlington, prosecuting, said Younis rang police to say he had been threatened with a machete by the occupants of the property and next day argued with Mr Rashid’s sons Isfahan, 38, and Rehan 36, as they walked to mosque.

The Rashid family returned after prayers and spoke to Younis’ father outside his home.

The court heard tensions rose and Younis shouted abuse at Isfahan and smacked him in the face.

Mr Adlington said Rehan intervened to protect his brother and put Younis in a headlock before Younis struck a blow to his stomach.

It was only when they began bleeding that both brothers realised Younis had stabbed them with a small kitchen knife.

They were taken to the Northern General Hospital where Isfahan was treated for a cut to the face and Rehan for a stab wound to his stomach.

After the brawl police raided the cannabis factory and shut it down.

Mr Adlington said Mr Rashid and his family had no involvement with it.

Younis, of Barnsley Road, Fir Vale, received cuts and bruises and was arrested at the scene.

The court heard he has previous convictions for possessing a firearm with intent and battery.

He admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm last July 18.

Henry Spooner, defending, said: “The whole genesis of this unfortunate affair was the unwanted presence of the cannabis factory two doors away from Younis.

“He objected strongly to this as he himself has a conviction from 2009 for running a cannabis factory. Such was the smell emanating in the street and his back garden that people who knew him were pointing the finger at him. He was determined to make it absolutely clear that it had nothing to do with him.”

Judge Peter Kelson QC adjourned the case and said he had not decided whether or not to send Younis to prison.

He asked the probation service to find out what would happen to Younis’ 13-year-old son, if he was sent to prison.