Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Riot-death man charged over assault

Tariq Jahan has been charged with assault in connection with an alleged road-rage incident a month before his son died

A father who appealed for calm after his son was murdered during the August riots has been charged with assault in connection with an alleged road-rage incident.

Tariq Jahan, 47, made a heartfelt plea to his community and the wider public not to retaliate the death of his 21-year-old son Haroon.

Haroon and brothers Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31, died in the early hours of August 10 after they were struck by a car during riots in the Winson Green area of Birmingham.

They were trying to protect homes and businesses in the area from looters and it was feared that revenge attacks following their murders would spark a wave of violence.

On Friday a spokesman for the CPS said that Mr Jahan, who on Monday received a Pride of Britain special recognition award for the compassion, dignity and calm he showed in the aftermath of his son's death, had been arrested and charged with seriously assaulting a man.

It is claimed he broke the man's jaw and knocked out two of his teeth during a suspected road rage incident in the Handsworth area of Birmingham on July 6, a month before his son's death, the spokesman said.

He added: "He has been charged with GBH without intent and will appear before magistrates in Birmingham on Monday."

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