Two jailed for battering a stranger unconscious in Manchester city centre

The pair stole the man’s phone and spat on him in an unprovoked attack.

Two men have been locked up for beating up a man in Manchester city centre.

Muneer Hassan and Muestafa Hassan and two others set upon the man in his 20s as he left a nightclub in Well Street early on 6 February this year.

They kicked him in the head and spat on him while he was out cold, while Muestafa Hassan stole his mobile phone. The man was left with severe bruising.

The attack was caught on CCTV and police arrested four people in Manchester and Sheffield.

Muestafa Hassan and Muneer Hassan Credit GMP
Muestafa Hassan and Muneer Hassan Credit GMP
Muestafa Hassan and Muneer Hassan Credit GMP

At Manchester Crown Court this week, Muneer Hassan, 22, of Clifford Court, Old Trafford, was jailed for 32 months after being found guilty of attempted section 18 assault. Meanwhile, Muestafa Hassan, 23, of Brunswick Road, Sheffield, was jailed for 28 months after being found guilty of attempted section 18 assault and theft.

Another man received a suspended sentence and the fourth will be sentenced at a later date.

What have police said?

Police Constable Jack Lenihan-Smith, of Operation Valiant, said: “This was a vicious and harrowing attack on an innocent man who had been enjoying a night out in the city. The offenders have shown little remorse for their actions and we’re pleased that they are now facing justice.

“Our team worked hard to make sure we secured charges on these men, which involved a detailed trawl throughout the CCTV in the City Centre, which ultimately led to us being able to match CCTV footage up with footage from inside the night club the offenders visited.

“Following this we executed four warrants simultaneously with assistance from the forces Critical Wanted Unit, leading to key evidence such as mobile phones, clothing and identification documents being recovered from the offenders homes.

“I hope today’s sentencing sends out a message that we will not just sit back and let innocent members of the public feel un safe in our city and be subjected to such appalling attacks. We will find you and make sure that you face the consequences of your actions”.

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