Sheffield man who claimed police harassed him is jailed

Zawar Hussain, of Pexton Road
Zawar Hussain, of Pexton Road
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A MAN who claimed police were ‘harassing’ him by repeatedly raiding his home and stopping him on the streets has been jailed for three and a half years.

Zawar Hussain, aged 20, of Pexton Road, Pitsmoor, Sheffield, was sentenced to two years for putting somebody in fear of violence and possessing a knife, 12 months for affray and six months for false representation.

He was charged with the offences following an incident outside a nursing home in Pitsmoor in May last year and was jailed after a trial.

He brandished a knife after refusing to leave the nursing home grounds when asked by a member of staff.

A police spokesman said: “Zawar Hussain was sentenced to three years and six months in prison charged with affray and possession of an offensive weapon.

“The original incident occurred on May 20, 2011, at a nursing home in the Pitsmoor area of Sheffield.

“Hussain was with a friend in the private grounds of the nursing home when he was asked to leave a number of times by a member of staff.

“The last time Hussain was asked he produced a large knife from his trousers and threatened the member of staff with it.”

In 2010 Hussain complained about South Yorkshire Police, claiming officers were continually raiding his home and stopping him on the streets to quiz him about his movements.

In the summer of 2010 he was one of five men questioned over a mass brawl in which two men were stabbed on a Sheffield street.

He was arrested on suspicion of affray in connection with the fight which broke out on Gamston Road, Sharrow.

Police said the incident involved around 10 men and when officers arrived most had fled. Two men were left behind with stab wounds.

Hussain, who denied having any involvement with the stabbing, said armed officers sealed off his street when police searched his house.

He claimed a knife, bearing his fingerprints and recovered by police from wasteland close to his home, was from an incident six months earlier when he found two groups of children fighting with it in the street.

Hussain also claimed the police helicopter had tracked him in his car and had hovered above his house in their efforts to follow him.

“Local people must think they have a gangster or gun-toting drug dealer living close by but I want them to know I am not,” he said at the time.