By Grahame Anderson

Former drug dealer Mozafar Shan has been jailed for 15 months after violently attacking his sister-in-law with a hammer.

The 31-year-old from Conyers Way in North Ormsby pleaded guilty to admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent in the June 12 attack.

Feeling Bullied

He believed his actions were the long-term result of feeling belittled and bullied within the family. Teesside Crown Court was told Shan was a drug user and, during the attack, the victim had found it difficult to understand much of what he was saying. The court also heard there had been previous family issues due to Shan’s behaviour, in particular his drug use. Some of the relatives had not spoken to him until about 10 days before the attack.

Robert Mochrie, defending, said there had “clearly been some difficulties within the family.”

There had been an issue with his sister-in-law, but Shan accepts he went about things “In a completely inappropriate manner”, added Mr Mochrie.

Hammer Attack

On that day in June, family members had been helping Mr Shan sort through belongings in Saltburn. He then left the room before returning later with a hammer – within seconds he began to hit his sister-in-law on the head, shoulder and hand, saying “he was going to kill her”

Relatives quickly tried to push him away, but he continued to shout death threats. Their actions prevented the woman being seriously injured. She had in fact suffered a wound to her head, a broken collar bone and bruising to the hand in the incident.

Prosecutor Rachel Masters said: “She was in so much shock she was unable to recall how many times or how long it lasted.”

Previous Convictions

Two years ago, Mr Shan was also convicted on three counts of drug dealing as well as obstructing a PC, giving false information and having no insurance.

He admitted breaching a six-month suspended prison sentence imposed the previous August for possessing cannabis with intent to supply, by not turning up to unpaid work and rehabilitation activity.

Jail Sentence

Jailing him for 15 months, Judge Deborah Sherwin told Shan the consequences of his actions that day could have had been much more serious.

“To attack anybody with a hammer is bad but to attack a woman with a hammer is pretty unforgivable,” she added.