Man jailed over Jack Carter death

Issue 506

A MAN has been jailed for 21 months over a killing in Thornhill Lees that resulted from the throwing of just one punch.
Mohammed Nazakat Alam, 24, pleaded guilty at Leeds Crown Court to the manslaughter of Jack Carter in Victoria Road.
Alam, of Beckett Lane, Dewsbury Moor, will have his sentence cut by 124 days due to time already served in custody.
Coaccused Nisar Shah, 40, got a sixmonth jail term suspended for two years, plus 120 hours of community work for assault.
Shah, formerly of Victoria Road, denied manslaughter but admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm for his role in the attack.
Both defendants were originally charged with murder, but pleas to charges of assault and manslaughter were accepted by the prosecution.
Mr Carter, 39, of Bretton Street, Savile Town, suffered serious head injuries when he was attacked as he left a friend's home with girlfriend Melanie Boocock in Victoria Road on Sunday August 28 2011.
Prosecutor Christopher Tehrani said that Ms Boocock had shouted racist abuse at local resident Junaid Azad as they left.
She then got into an argument with another man, Basharat Hussain, and she threw a punch at him.
Mr Azad stepped in, followed by a group of Asian men who were stood nearby.
One of the group, Alam, then punched Mr Carter who had been watching.
Shah then came out of his house and stood on Mr Carter’s head, but stayed with Mr Carter until paramedics arrived.
He was rushed to Dewsbury District Hospital in critical condition. His family mounted a bedside vigil, but he died from his injuries on August 31.
Andrew Dallas, for 40yearold Shah, said: “The effect of this incident was such that his whole family had to leave their house, effectively abandon it, because of obvious tensions, and go and live elsewhere.”
The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC, said Mr Carter’s family had been ‘devastated’ by his death. He accepted that Alam was ‘full of sorrow and remorse’ because of the effect his actions.
DCI Mark Ridley, of West Yorkshire Police's Homicide and Major Enquiry Team said: "Jack Carter died as a result of the fatal injuries that he suffered when he was punched once by Nazakat Alam.
"This case gives a clear indication of the devastating consequences that a single punch can cause.  In this case, it took the life of Jack Carter.
“And, to put it bluntly, intentional or not, if someone ends another person's life, they are likely to face time in prison.”
Supt Dave Lunn added: “The end result of a dispute between neighbours was the death of Jack Carter.
“Our sympathy goes out to his family."
A statement released by Mr Carter's family said: "We are still completely devastated at the loss of Jack, who was a fantastic bloke, a brilliant brother, son and uncle. We all miss him terribly.
“Jack was a bit of a ‘Lad', but he had started to turn his life around and stand on his own two feet.
“He honestly did not have a bad bone in his body and would never go looking for trouble. On August 28 he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“Whilst the family do not feel that these people wanted to kill Jack, he did not deserve to die this way, so we did want justice.
“No prison sentence will ever bring Jack back but we are pleased that this ordeal is now over and that we can grieve for Jack in peace.”

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