SHOCKING footage of a drug dealer dressed in a Superman onesie punching a constable as he tried to arrest his older brother has been released by police.
Burnley Crown Court heard how police had gone to the parents’ home of brothers Rohaid and Usman Nawaz Khan on November 8 to arrest 25-year-old Rohaid as part of an investigation into cannabis street dealing.
The video shows 23-year-old Usman (pictured below) remonstrating with officers outside the house in Richmond Avenue, Accrington, before landing a number of punches on the face and head of PC Paul Wolstenholme, who had hold of Rohaid.
A number of other blows were landed before the video was shot.
Usman, who works at Hollands Pies, pleaded guilty to assault with intention to resist arrest at an earlier hearing before Blackburn magistrates and was made subject to community supervision for 12 months with 20 rehabilitation activity days, and fined £40 with £50 compensation.
Earlier this week Lancashire’s top cop spoke out over assaults on his staff after two officers were spat at and racially abused by a drinker at the Wetherspoons Postal Order in Blackburn.
Ch Const Andy Rhodes revealed that in 2017 there were 288 assaults on officers and staff which resulted in 581 days of sick leave.
The drug-dealing matters were sent to the crown court, and yesterday both brothers, of Fountain Street, Accrington, appeared alongside each other in the dock, having admitted two counts of possessing cannabis and a single charge of being concerned in the supply of cannabis.
Prosecutor Paul Brookwell said: “The defendants are both cannabis dealers with an established customer base over the period of May 4, 2017, to November 2017. The evidence is based on two stop and searches and the recovery of cannabis and the recovery and examination of mobile phones.”
Mr Brookwell said that on August 22 Rohaid, a former criminology student who most recently studied building and construction management at Blackburn College, was stopped by police in the Black Path area of Accrington and found with £65-worth of cannabis, two mobile phones and £280 in cash.
The phones were examined and police found 500 contacts, dozens of whom were sent block texts advertising cannabis for sale.
It was following the examination of the phones that police attempted to arrest Rohaid on November 8.
After arresting both brothers, police searched the home of the brothers’ parents and found 2.71 grams of cannabis. They found keys to a car and in that vehicle were 104 grams of cannabis in four knotted bags and 10 plastic containers containing a total of 28.8 grams of cannabis.
Mr Parker said the containers were inside a plastic carrier bag. Forensic tests revealed the presence of Usman’s fingerprints on the carrier bag.
In a bedroom of the house, which Usman had been staying in, police found five mobile phones, two mini mobile phones and six knives and a baseball bat. Examination of the phones revealed text messages advertising cannabis for sale.
Committing the drug-dealing offences put Rohaid, who has five convictions for eight offences, in breach of a suspended sentence for unlawful wounding.
Defending Rohaid, Timothy Jacobs said his client had battled alcohol and cannabis issues and sending him to prison would expose him to the temptations of drugs.
Defending Usman, Andrea Lock said he was a heavy user of cannabis at the time and to repay a drug debt became involved in selling cannabis.
Rohaid was jailed for 16 months, while Usman was given nine months, suspended for 18 months. He must also abide by a three-month curfew and complete 150 hours’ unpaid work.
Yesterday a Bill protecting emergency workers from assault received Royal Assent. It will see the maximum sentence for assault against them double from six to 12 months’ jail.
Ch Const Rhodes also defended the actions of officers who were assaulted by a teenage girl at Accrington Market last month.
A video shared widely on social media showed an officer appear to slap the 14-year-old.