A gangster who was part of a three man gang who beat a father of one with a baseball bat and then left him for dead in the middle of the road to get run over by a passing car, has been jailed for life.
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Idris Sadiq, 31, and two other men viciously beat Zabair Hussain, 41, with a baseball bat before kicking him unconscious on New Years Eve in the Darnall area of Sheffield. They then placed his body in the road to get run over by a car.
Heroin and crack cocaine dealer Sadiq, who is known and feared in the Sheffield area, told the court that ‘Darnall was my patch’, referencing his control of the area.
Although the reasons to why Sadiq and his henchmen killed Zabair are not known, witnesses described the men shouting ‘What did you think you were doing?’ and ‘How did you think you could get away with that?’ just before chasing the victim with a baseball bat.
Justice Nicol said: ‘The precise cause of the grievance cannot be known but I’m sure it had something to do with your drug business’.
‘You and the two other men caught up with Zabair and subjected him to a dreadful beating’.
‘He was hit with the baseball bat, kicked repeatedly and punched as well.’
‘Whether you yourself wielded the baseball bat doesn’t matter – you took part in the attack knowing it was being used’.
A post-mortem carried out on Zabair showed that he had been hit violently at least six times to the head before being run over.
During the sentencing on Thursday, members of Mr Hussain’s family shouted ‘Scumbag’ at Sadiq while he stared at the ground and showed no emotion.
The drug dealer was jailed for a minimum term of 20 years for the murder after being convicted following the two week trial at Sheffield Crown Court.
Another man involved in the attack, Sohail Khan,29, fled to Pakistan before he could be arrested and a third man is yet to be identified.
In a statement released by Mr Hussain’s family after the hearing they said: “There are no words to describe the devastating impact that Zabair’s death has had on our family.”
“The cruel and senseless manner in which Zabair was taken from us has torn us apart and we will never be the same again.
“The guilty verdict and the sentence passed have brought us some comfort.