Wedding day raiders ‘brought shame on families’


Four men who burgled the home of a family who were attending a wedding at the time have been told they have “brought shame on their families”.

Mohammed Razaq (20) of Colne Road, Burnley, was jailed for his part in the burglary of a house in Elm Street on October 12th – when the Safdar family were attending a wedding in Bradford.

His co-conspirators Adam Khan (20) of Castle Street, Mohammed Ziyadd (20) of March Street, and Ismael Khan (20) of Peart Street were given suspended sentences and ordered to do unpaid work.

Burnley Crown Court heard how six gold bracelets worth between £2,000 and £3,000 as well as £400 in cash were stolen from the Safdar family home.

Mr Stephen Parker (prosecuting) said: “The defendants were seen running from the vicinity and were spotted on CCTV footage. They were arrested a short time later nearby. None of the items have been recovered.”

Razaq, who was the subject of a suspended sentence for an earlier burglary, had brought considerable shame on his family according to his solicitor Mr Richard Taylor.

Recorder John Bromley-Davenport jailed Razaq for 17 months, minus 63 days he had previously spent on curfew.

The other three were given eight months prison sentences, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to complete 150 hours community work.

Recorder Bromley-Davenport said to all the defendants: “I note that a letter has been sent from your MP speaking in your favour as well as numerous good references. You took advantage of a family who were away from their home for what should have been a happy occasion.

“It was a mean and unpleasant offence and you have let your families down. You should be thoroughly ashamed of yourselves.”