Waqas Hussain, 20 (pictured right) was given 12 years after he was found guilty on five counts as well as possession of a firearm, while a 15-year-old boy from Bradford, who cannot be named for legal reasons was given six and a half years at Bradford Crown Court yesterday (Thursday).
Among the offences Hussain was sentenced for was a robbery in St Matthew’s Grove in Wilsden last October, where a man in his forties was dragged from his Volkswagen Golf R and tasered by men with weapons, and one in Halifax Road in November, where a lone female with a baby was threatened with a firearm before a VW Polo was taken. The vehicle was later recovered.
Hussain was also found guilty of an offence in The Grove, Idle last November, where he and his teenage accomplice robbed a man in his forties, who was struck with a pick axe and dragged from his Volkswagen Golf GTD.
The teenager was also found guilty of three attempt robberies, dangerous driving and a make off without payment offence.
Hussain, of Fearnsides Terrace in Girlington was not present in court for the sentencing after absconding during the trial. Enquiries are continuing today to locate him.
Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Inspector Ian Bryar, of Bradford District CID, said:
“These were very serious offences in which Hussain and others used violence to steal desirable cars from vulnerable victims.
“Our enquiries into these incidents and other similar matters are continuing to identify the others who took part in these terrifying robberies.
“Violent crime will not be tolerated and the sentences passed should serve as a deterrent to others.”
Anyone with information about those suspected of being involved in violent crime can contact police on 101, or pass information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.