A Birmingham man praised for acting as a peacemaker during last summer’s riots hours after his son was killed, has gone on trial for allegedly attacking a man.
Tariq Jahan, 46, is said to have punched and kicked Sajjad Ali – after he accused him of looking at his wife.
Mr Ali, 34, suffered a broken jaw and lost two teeth in the alleged attack last July.
Jahan, of Winson Street, Winson Green, denied one count of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and inflicting grievous bodily harm when he appeared at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday.
A jury heard how Mr Ali, had finished a shift at an industrial estate on Factory Road, Hockley, on July 6 and was talking to a colleague who was in a van.
Shenaz Muzaffer, prosecuting, said the defendant was driving a white Mitsubishi car with his wife in the passenger seat.
Mr Ali said he told the van driver to get out of the way because he thought he was blocking the way and the Mitsubishi driver was beeping the horn.
But Mr Ali said Jahan then wound down his window and said aggressively, “Oi, why you staring me?”
“He came out of the car, he left his front door open and he came towards me,’’ said Mr Ali.
“He grabbed me from the neck and goes to me, ‘were you staring at my missus?’
‘‘I couldn’t understand what he was talking about.”
Jahan then allegedly attacked Mr Ali and kicked and punched him while he was bleeding on the ground.
Mr Ali said: “It was just bang, bang, bang on the head, I couldn’t protect myself.”
The court heard how Mr Ali was taken to City Hospital and then to Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he spent three days recovering from an operation to fix two jaw fractures.
He also lost two teeth and had bruises to his face.
Jahan was arrested a few days later after his car was traced through the police database, the court was told.
Ali Naseem Bajwa QC, defending, said Jahan was not an aggressive person and claimed Mr Ali had been the aggressor.
Mr Bajwa told the court Jahan stopped his car and asked Mr Ali if he was a Hindu, Pakistani, Sikh, Muslim or Iraqi.
Mr Bajwa told Mr Ali: “Your response was to say, ‘F*** off you grey-haired old fart. Why should I tell you?’
“He got out of his car and asked you the same question. You responded by trying to head-butt him.”
Jahan’s 21-year-old son Haroon Jahan died along with brothers Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31, after they were struck by a car on August 10 in Winson Green.
The devastated dad later made a heartfelt plea to crowds of youths gathered outside his home to end the disorder and “go home”.
His personal call for calm was credited with helping to bring an end to the riots in the city.
Jahan subsequently received a Pride of Britain special recognition award, to honour his compassion and dignity in the aftermath of his son’s death.