TERROR came to a leafy Solihull village when a gang of yobs brutally beat a man in a bid to stop him giving evidence in a case at Crown Court.
The gang threatened and attacked the Hockley Heath man on September 18 and told him to withdraw a statement made in connection with a violent burglary at his home in April this year or his family would be harmed.
The terrified man who is believed to have now fled the rented house he shared with wife and their young son, managed to stagger to the nearby Wharf public house where police were called.
Despite the attack, the Crown Court Case against Uslam Aslam went ahead at Warwick Crown Court, where he was found guilty by a jury on Wednesday 24 September of aggravated burglary while having a handgun, at the home.
Although the charge stated Aslam, 21, of Edmund Street, Saltley had a gun, the jury found him not guilty of a second charge of possessing a real or imitation firearm with intent to commit an offence.
Prosecutor Ian Ball said that in April the Hockley Heath couple were in the lounge of their home with their son when they heard a loud bang at the door and someone shouting 'police.'
As the man got up three men burst into the hallway with one of the men holding a handgun.
The second man, said to have been Aslam whose face was not covered, grabbed the husband by the throat, demanding the whereabouts of money they thought was in the house.
After ransacking the property the gang began taking goods including a laptop computer, jewellery, £280 in cash and CD's and DVD 's out to a waiting car at which point the husband grabbed a champagne bottle used as a vase and hit out at Aslam.
As a struggle ensued the burglars were forced out of the house and made off with their haul. Aslam's blood was later found by police on a chair but he declined to comment. He claimed in court he had gone to the house alone, while his accomplices waited in the car, to buy £40 of cannabis and had been hit with the bottle by the householder when they argued over how much he had been given for his money.
Aslam was remanded in custody for a pre sentence report to be made.