Pakistani brothers jailed for battering man to death

GLASGOW: Two brothers, Azeem Aslam and Zeeshan Aslam have been jailed for killing a man after a feud between two rival kebab shops turned violent. They were found guilty of fatally attacking . The 42-year-old was battered to death after smashing a window at the Aslams’ family takeaway shop Ali’s Kebabs in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire. The two brothers had both stood trial at the High Court in Glasgow accused of murder. But a jury at the High Court in Glasgow found them guilty of the reduced charge of culpable homicide. Azeem Aslam, 26 once a promising cricketer, was sentenced to eight years in prison with three years of supervision after his release while Zeeshan Aslam,. a university graduate, was jailed for seven years. Judge of High Court, Lord Stewart while announcing the judgement said “I have the impression that your counsel are correct when they say that in your different ways you are both capable of making a positive contribution to the community when you have the opportunity to do so”. He is also conscious that the punishment being imposed on accused will also be a punishment for their family, the judge said. “There is some basis for distinguishing between you in that, first, you Azeem Aslam are older and have a criminal record for violence whereas you Zeeshan Aslam come to court as a genuine first offender”, he said, adding, “Secondly, you Azeem Aslam, though this is perhaps not a point of great distinction, were admittedly armed with a baseball bat before the final encounter with the deceased whereas you Zeeshan Aslam simply picked up a piece of wood on the spot.” The killing brought to a head a dispute between the Aslams and the owners of the nearby Nico’s restaurant, where Dryden’s aunt worked. This included claims of a fire attack, extortion and other threats. The Aslam family own the popular Ali’s Kebab house in Chapel Street, Airdrie. Late last year, Hamid Shah applied to set-up Nico’s takeaway in the same street just a stone’s throw away. Azeem Aslam and Zeeshan Aslam told the court that all what they did was in self defence as the deceased attacked them with hammer. The prosecution rejected the claim saying that the deceased was fighting in his defence.

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