Bitter feud between rival businessmen erupted into violence on Cleethorpes street

Grimsby Crown Court
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A feud between two rival businessmen armed with a hammer and a baton flared into violence on a busy Cleethorpes street.

One of them rammed his BMW into the car driven by the other man on Isaacs Hill, at 10pm on Sunday, March 10 this year, a court heard.

Off-duty officer PC Parsonage was driving behind the BMW and saw the two men swap blows with their weapons. He grabbed both the weapons off the two men, who continued to fight in the street despite his brave intervention.

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At Grimsby Crown Court, Judge Andrew Hatton said: "Thank goodness the off-duty police officer was there. PC Parsonage was able to go in and pull these two apart."

Ihsan Sabri Asiroglu, 46, of Cross Street, Cleethorpes, admitted affray and possession of an offensive weapon in public. Shivan Mustafa, 44, of Drew Avenue, Cleethorpes, admitted affray and dangerous driving.

Prosecuting, Stephen Welch said there had been a long history of "bad blood" between the two former friends. He said: "It is well-known they are both entrepreneurs and successful." He said Mustafa rammed his BMW into the other car in the street and then both men began exchanging blows with their respective weapons, one with a hammer and another with a police-style extendable baton.

The off-duty officer grabbed both weapons off the men and threw them into a nearby bush, as the businessmen continued fighting with their fists. The two men were later arrested.

Asiroglu attended hospital for injuries to his head. In a victim impact statement he told how scared he was by being rammed by the car. "He did not know what was going to happen to him and he feared for future incidents," said Mr Welch.

In interview with police, Mustafa admitted he deliberately crashed his BMW into the other car as he was out making deliveries of food.

The prosecutor said the men had previously been friends over 10 years. But two to three years ago things changed. "There was a series of incidents of bad blood between them," told Mr Welch.

For Asiroglu, Richard Butters said : "They are both very successful businessmen in Cleethorpes, with both owning food outlets. They are in direct competition with one another. For every allegation I make, Mr Mustafa will make ten. The bad feeling is deep and could be called a feud. They have to learn to live together."

Mr Butters said there had been 15 complaints made to the police, equally split between the two businessmen over the past couple of years and many police logs of incidents between them. "Apart from this ridiculous feud, everything is good in his life. He wants to move on and put this behind him. If he can all will be well. It will have to happen at some point," said Mr Butters.

He said his client is "a civil engineer, hard-working and an extremely intelligent, family man." Judge Hatton said: "Imagine if they were able to work together."

For Mustafa, Stephen Kamlish KC said his client suffered cuts to his head which had to be clipped together in hospital. He said his client is remorseful. "It was a stupid moment of seeing red. He drove into someone in a moment of madness, when no other road users were in danger. It was a deliberate act of anger. Fortunately no one was injured. Both men lost their temper. It was lucky others were there to pull them apart."

He said his client owned three businesses and he serves many people well. One of his businesses can serve 300 customers per night. A manager from his cash and carry and one of his chefs were in court to support their boss.

Mr Kamlish highlighted the impact the loss of his driving licence will have on his client because of the dangerous driving offence. He said there is an acute shortage of drivers, so his client has to do a lot of the deliveries himself.

"Sometimes they have to stop taking orders," he said. Mr Kamlish said: "They both understand this has to stop."

Judge Hatton said it was a "disgraceful" incident of public disorder on a Cleethorpes street. "There has been considerable bad blood between the two over the past few years," he said. He added professional rivalry had erupted after an amicable relationship.

He said the off-duty police officer had seen Mustafa drive "deliberately and consciously into the rear off-side of the car being driven by Mr Asiroglu," adding "other members of the public were going about their lawful business".

He told the businessmen they should be ashamed of themselves for lashing out and hitting each other with weapons. "You did not care if they hit the other. Red mist had descended and you were fighting in the street. Thankfully the off-duty police officer sought to intervene and threw the weapons away. But you continued to fight," added the judge.

The judge thanked the probation service for helpful pre-sentence reports. He gave Asiroglu a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months. He ordered 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

Mustafa was given a 15-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to do 30 rehabilitation activity days. He was banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to take an extended retest. Both men had to pay £1,000 costs each. Judge Hatton also imposed a five-year Restraining Order so that both men do not contact one another directly or indirectly, except through solicitors and neither can post anything to do with the other online.