A Rochdale man is serving 18 years after attacking a man with an axe in a row that occurred after an episode of road-rage.

Mohammed Awais Sajid, aged 23, joined in a gang attack on four workmen on Church Road, Newbold on 17th October 2017.

One of the workmen, Cameron Brooksbank, had been acting as a peacemaker Sajid struck him twice with the axe. His hand was partially amputated and he suffered injuries to his chest and lung.

After a four week trial at Minshull Street Crown Court Sajid and three other men were convicted of offences arising out of the incident. Sentencing Sajid on 18th October 2019, HHJ Potter said that the Defendant had been responsible for ‘a barbaric attack’ that had endangered a man’s life. He sent him to prison for 18 years. Three other men, Habibur Rahman, Zillur Rahman and Arslan Ali were imprisoned for terms between 3 and four and a half years. Tim Storrie and Louise Cowen prosecuted the case for Alan Pope and Lindsey Crossley at CPS. To read more: