A thug who battered an elderly security guard with a shovel after breaking into a factory has been jailed for 14 years.
Lee Parsons left 73-year-old Joginder Singh Mattu for dead after subjecting him to a sickening 30 minute beating at Stoke Forgings metal factory in Brierley Hill1. Fellow guards found the victim hours later lying in a pool of blood with injuries so severe, it was initially suspected he had been involved in an industrial accident.
The 44-year-old pulled on a pair of overalls in an attempt to blend in, but he was caught by Mr Mattu while rummaging through an office. CCTV showed Parsons initially trying to talk his way out of the situation, but he then punched the victim to the floor before repeatedly beating him around the head and body with a shovel.
Mr Mattu, who had worked at the factory for 35 years before becoming a guard, was in hospital for six weeks after suffering serious head injuries.
The attack happened at the factory in Vine Street
Detectives checked local addresses and managed to track down Parsons at a shared accommodation building in Highgate Road, Dudley. His fingerprints matched those found on the shovel while examination of a pair of his jeans revealed blood that was forensically matched to Mr Mattu. Parsons, of no fixed address, admitted a charge of attempted murder and at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Thursday (July 6), he was jailed for 14 years.
Mr Mattu’s family welcomed the news and said the victim was still recovering at home.
In a statement released through West Midlands Police, the family said: “We re pleased with the swiftness in which the offender was apprehended.
“Dad is recovering at home and as a family we would like to draw closure on this incident; we just want to give dad time to recuperate with his family, hopefully make a full recovery and for him to enjoy his retirement.”
Detective Constable Paul Widdal, from Force CID, said: The CCTV footage was truly shocking: this was a prolonged, vicious attack and at times Parsons can be seen shouting at and goading the victim as he lay defenceless on the ground.
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At one stage Mr Mattu did manage to stagger away a short distance but was followed by Parsons and set upon again.
Mr Mattu was in critical care for many weeks; I m delighted he pulled through but we could easily have been looking at a murder investigation.
“I am pleased the court has recognised the severity of the assault and handed down a lengthy prison sentence . Parsons is clearly a danger to the public and people are safer with him behind bars.
I also want to pay my respects to Mr Mattu; he has shown great courage and a fantastic mind-set . In fact, when he came around in hospital the first thing he wanted to know was if anything had been stolen and when told no replied I did my job then!
Windsor Castle anti-terror security ramped up for Changing of Guard to prevent copycat attacks after London rampage
The force said the changes were proportionate and necessary but that there was no specific threat to Windsor . Assistant Chief Constable Dave Hardcastle said: While there is no intelligence to indicate a specific threat to Windsor, recent events in Westminster clearly highlight the need for extra security measures to be introduced.
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The force believes that it is proportionate and necessary to put in place extra security measures to further protect and support the public and the guard change.
The national threat level remains severe, which it has been since 2014, and I would urge the public to be alert to the threat of terror attacks but not alarmed, and to remain vigilant. The colourful military spectacle takes place at Windsor Castle on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in March.
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He then then fatally stabbed a police officer before being shot dead.
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As he smashed into dozens of passers-by, police have worked out the exact speed at each stage of his 82 second terror mission5 . And it was also revealed that his Hyundai rental car had been seen in the area around Westminster shortly before the horrendous attack. It remains unclear if he was carrying out a dry run or just surveying the roads before his rampage.
Police have insisted there was no evidence of any links between Masood, 52, and either ISIS or al-Qaeda.
The Met said it was also speculation to suggest Masood had been radicalised while in prison. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said: His methods appear to be based on low sophistication, low tech, low cost techniques copied from other attacks, and echo the rhetoric of IS leaders in terms of methodology and attacking police and civilians, but I have no evidence or information at this time that he discussed this with others.
Khalid Masood was shot dead by cops (Photo: PA) Tributes are laid on the bridge (Photo: Getty Images Europe)
Mr Basu also said there was also no evidence Masood was radicalised in prison in 2003. He said Masood had not been a subject of interest or part of the current domestic or international threat picture for either the security service or counter-terrorism policing.
He added: I know when, where and how Masood committed his atrocities, but now I need to know why . Most importantly so do the victims and families.
Mr Basu said Masood s communications on March 22 were a main line of inquiry and appealed for people who were in contact with him to come forward. He said: There has been much speculation about who Masood was in contact with immediately prior to the attack.
All I will say on this point is that Masood s communications that day are a main line of inquiry.
If you heard from him on March 22, please come forward now, the information you have may prove important to establishing his state of mind.
Kurt Cochran was killed on a trip to London from the US (Photo: FACEBOOK)
He added: I know when, where and how Masood committed his atrocities, but now I need to know why . Most importantly, so do the victims and families. Masood s victims were PC Keith Palmer, 48, Kurt Cochran, 54, Aysha Frade, who was in her 40s and worked at a London sixth-form college and retired window cleaner Leslie Rhodes, 75, from south London
Over 734,000 has been raised for the widow and children of murdered PC Palmer in four days.
The crowdfunding page on JustGiving raised 734,953 from 34,513 people after it was set up by Stephen Redgewell of the Metropolitan Police Federation.
It reached 293 per cent of its target of 250,000 before the appeal was closed at just before noon today. Mr Redgewell said: Thank you everyone for your kind words and donations.
PC Keith Palmer was killed tackling Masood
The appeal has raised far more than anyone could have ever imagined.
We have decided that it is time to close the Just Giving appeal for Keith, but any donations can still be made via the HSBC account or by post. Among the last to make donations were Hala El-sayed who gave 20 and said: Keith, you are unsung soldier .
Your place will be in heaven.
You have showed such bravery in trying to do your duties unarmed it is an act of decency that donation goes fully to your wife & daughter.
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Brave security guard dramatically saves hostage from knife wielding thug threatening to ‘behead’ man at mosque
A brave security guard has described the horrifying moment he disarmed a thug wielding a knife after he threatened to behead a man he was holding hostage at a mosque. Haidar Hamid, 22, ‘frog-marched’ a neighbour to Hull Mosque and Islamic Centre while holding a serrated knife to his throat and a Stanley knife in his other hand. With his victim bleeding from cuts to his cheek and chin, Hamid forced his head down in the mosque and asked: “Are you going to pray now?”
But he was spared further injury in a dramatic rescue by Ebrima Touray, 45, who was worshipper at the mosque and put himself in harm’s way to disarm Hamid.
“Shoes are not allowed to be worn in any mosque and one of my friends kept telling him, ‘No shoes, no shoes’.
“When I looked back he hadn’t left but instead closed the door and that’s when I saw the knife in his hand.
“I saw the guy with him had a slice on his face, so I asked him, ‘Who did that to you ? Did he do this to you?’
“He nodded, so I told Hamid to put the knife away . At that point he said, ‘This is my knife’, and put it in his pocket.
Hamid, of Albany Street, west Hull, has now been jailed for ten years (Photo: Hull Daily Mail)
“My friend at the mosque was speaking Arabic to Hamid so I told him to keep his concentration and keep talking to him .
That’s when I managed to grab the knife off him.
“He ran off so I called the police, and I saw a guy pull up in a car shouting his name, and I told him he wasn’t taking him anywhere.
“He said he was from his hostel, but I wasn’t having that . He hadn’t protected him when he left with this guy with a knife, so I wasn’t going to let him protect him now.”
Asked by police why he had the knife, Hamid said “to cut off his head”. Hamid, of Albany Street, west Hull, has now been jailed for ten years as a judge commended Touray and fellow worshipper, Taha Mohammed, for their “extremely remarkable courage”.
Mohammed comforted the victim until police arrived, arrested Hamid and recovered the knives from the mosque in Berkeley Street, west Hull. Touray believes his 14 years’ experience as a security guard helped him talk Hamid out of further harming the victim.
“I knew I had to help when I saw what was happening,” he said.
Incident happened at Hull Mosque and Islamic Centre (Photo: Hull Daily Mail / SWNS.com)
“If I didn’t he could have easily gone out and hurt someone in the street.
“My job helped me in the situation, because I knew what to do . I don’t think I would have gone as near him if not.
“But I think everyone needs to help out in some little bit when these things happen.
“I have been visiting this mosque for years and this is the first time anything like this has happened.
“This is a community we all have to live in.”
When Hamid was interviewed by police the day after the incident on September 9, last year, he said he was going to kill the man with one of the knives, and asked why, said: “To stop him doing bad things to me.”
He admitted kidnap, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and threatening with an offensive weapon.