Six of a family sentenced for assault crime

BLACKBURN: Preston Crown Court has sentenced six persons of a family including five sisters and their brother to jail for up to six years as they were found guilty for kidnaping woman who was in a relationship with their sister. A lady namely Sarah Harrison, 35, was attempted to kidnap from Blackburn, Lancashire by the family of Nazma Ditta, 28, after Nazma’s family chased her from her work place.

Close Circuit Television (CCTV) caught the kidnappers when Sarah was struggling badly to frustrate their attempts to bundle her into a car in broad daylight on June 20, 2014. Judge Graham Knowles, Preston Crown Court was told by Sara Harrison that she was feared of acid would be thrown on to her face and the CCTV also caught the shouts of “get her in, get her, you’ve messed with the wrong Muslims”.

The sisters of Nazma Ditta, namely Atfah Ditta, 32, and Ghazala Ditta, 31, who got out of a parked silver Toyota Corolla car and were joined by another sister, Nighat Morris, 38, and brother Taimoor Ditta, 26, who were equipped with metal tool. They assaulted Sarah Harrison and dragged her by hair and kicked and repeatedly punched Sarah in her face and arms in an effort to remove her handbag and force her into the vehicle.

After hearing the court found Ghazala Ditta, Atfah Ditta and Nighat Morris guilty to commit actual bodily harm, attempted kidnap and robbery and jailed them for five years and four months, while Taimoor Ditta was found guilty of same charges and also admitted assault and possession of an offensive weapon and was sentenced to six years.

The court also found two other sisters, Tosif Ditta, 35 and Nayyar Mehmood, 37 guilty to conspiracy to commit actual bodily harm and were imprisoned for three-and-a-half years. The mother of all the six Ditta family children Rani Ditta, 55 was charged with conspiracy to kidnap but in November the prosecution offered no evidence against her.

The court heard Sarah Harrison and Nazma Ditta had been in a relationship for two-and-half years before the family finally learned about it in the days before the attempted kidnap.

Judge Graham Knowles QC told the siblings: “Your anger that a white non-Muslim woman was in a relationship with your sister brought your determination to destroy that relationship and force your choices on her and her partner. You all came to know about the relationship and were determined to end it and were determined to get her back in the family home to please your mother.”

The Judge said this case is about power and control and is about striking fear into the heart to control the body and the will of the victim. But the ambush was devised