Barber wars: wife shocked after trio jailed for 'ferocious attack' on business rival in Kingston

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The wife of one of the barbers sentenced for assaulting a business rival has spoken out against her husband’s sentence.

Farhan Ismail, along with brother Zeshan and hairdressing apprentice Denarte Bessa, was sentenced to 10 months in prison last week after the “ferocious attack” on next-door rivals Mohaned and Omar Nasraldin.

Mr Ismail's wife Claire said: “We are very shocked. We were expecting to maybe have a community service order or at worst case a suspended sentence.

“We had so many good character references. He has done so much charity work.

“We are just all really surprised. 

“I will be fine. I have got all my family and I’ve got all his family.”

Mr and Mrs Ismail have four young children, aged 10, nine, four, and three.

The brothers’ character referees included John Azah, director of Kingston Race and Equalities Council.

Mr Azah told Kingston Crown Court: “Farhan in particular as he grew up was somebody who got involved [in the community].

“They fundamentally were law-abiding children.”

Brothers Farhan and Zeshan Ismail catered to sports stars, including England rugby captain Chris Robshaw, and celebrities at their Richmond Road, Kingston, salon.

Their competitors Omar and Mohaned Nasraldin were left with cuts, bruises, fractures, and a bite mark after the attack in July.

During a trial Kingston Crown Court was shown CCTV footage showing one of the Ismail brothers combing his hair using the Nasraldins’ shop window.

The Nasraldins brought down the shutters, sparking an argument which escalated into a three-on-two brawl inside the shop.

The Ismail brothers and apprentice Denarte Bessa were each sentenced to a total of 10 months in prison at Kingston Crown Court

The Nasraldin brothers shut up shop after the attack and moved away from the area, taking a financial hit in the process.

 

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11:57am Wed 8 Jan 14

DB says...

This seems like a classic example of our lax justice system lulling people into a false sense of security.

In what type of society should someone who instigates this type of violence expect a community service order? The answer, of course, is our society so it must actually come as quite a shock when a sentence that fits the crime is actually passed down.
This seems like a classic example of our lax justice system lulling people into a false sense of security. In what type of society should someone who instigates this type of violence expect a community service order? The answer, of course, is our society so it must actually come as quite a shock when a sentence that fits the crime is actually passed down. DB

11:02am Thu 9 Jan 14

BarcadiaB says...

This was obviously a full blooded affair - I agree with the comments above - these despicable individuals and a deluded wife thought that violence (of any form) should be punishable by a suspended sentence. I think the only mistake the judge did was not to give them the full life sentence (that is what you usually get for a GBH attack) they deserve - after inflicting cuts, bruises and a bite mark.

At the time when one of the Ismail brothers was combing his hair, he had a choice, he could have simply walked away but instead went on to fight. The fact that they had good character references is totally irrelevant to this case - I was a customer myself and I am sure they are fantastic people to know. I hope this 10months sentence gives them enough time to think about their actions.
This was obviously a full blooded affair - I agree with the comments above - these despicable individuals and a deluded wife thought that violence (of any form) should be punishable by a suspended sentence. I think the only mistake the judge did was not to give them the full life sentence (that is what you usually get for a GBH attack) they deserve - after inflicting cuts, bruises and a bite mark. At the time when one of the Ismail brothers was combing his hair, he had a choice, he could have simply walked away but instead went on to fight. The fact that they had good character references is totally irrelevant to this case - I was a customer myself and I am sure they are fantastic people to know. I hope this 10months sentence gives them enough time to think about their actions. BarcadiaB

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