Gang rivalry prompted attack

PUBLISHED: 10:44 04 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:55 06 May 2010

RIVALRY between Stevenage gangs may be what lay behind a street attack in which the teenaged victim suffered a broken bone in his hand. In the dock at Luton Crown Court last week were half brothers Kane Bush, 19, and Christopher Pettit, 18, both from Webb

RIVALRY between Stevenage gangs may be what lay behind a street attack in which the teenaged victim suffered a broken bone in his hand.

In the dock at Luton Crown Court last week were half brothers Kane Bush, 19, and Christopher Pettit, 18, both from Webb Rise, who admitted assault causing actual bodily harm.

Defence barrister Daniel Higgins said Bush had been a "wild child" in the past and a member of a gang.

The victim, Shajidur Kamali, 18, was also said to be a member of a rival gang.

Prosecutor Jane Stansfield said that during a confrontation outside shops on June 11 last year Mr Kamali was knocked to the ground and kicked.

He was bruised and fractured a bone in his hand. She said that the injuries were inflicted by Pettit, but Bush had stood around giving his support.

The court heard that Pettit had no previous convictions but Bush had six previous convictions since 2001.

Mr Higgins, defending both defendants, said Bush had been in a gang but had since worked hard to stay away from trouble.

He claimed he had been the victim of harassment and that day was confronted outside the shop by Mr Kamali and his friends. He sought refuge in the shop but had to leave when it closed, so he called his brother to help him.

His brother, knowing that Bush had a bad record, took on the leading role.

He said they both had steady jobs and Bush was now a father.

Judge Barbara Mensah said: "This was a horrible attack and was completely unjustified. The photographs I have seen indicate the brutality of the assault. It is a borderline case for custody."

But she ordered Pettit to do 200 hours unpaid work and Kane to do 100 hours. He will also be on supervision for 18 months. They were each ordered to pay £100 compensation and £75 costs.


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