Man mowed down his love rival in ‘horrific’ attack after discovering wife’s affair

Munazir Rashid drove his Ford Fiesta into his love rival (Image: WMP)

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A driver mowed down a man who had been having an affair with his wife, leaving him with life changing injuries.

Munazir Rashid was with his partner when they met the victim by chance at the Kerryman pub in Birmingham in the early hours of July 13 last year.

An argument broke out between the men, leading the victim to be thrown out of the boozer, Birmingham Mail reported.

Rashid, 41, of College Road, Kingstanding, followed him outside and attempted to launch an attack, only to be stopped by a metal barrier.

The aggressor jumped into his Ford Fiesta and raced after the victim as he walked away.

Rashid drove his car onto the pavement, reversed off before mounting it again and ploughing into the love rival.

The victim was thrown over the bonnet and hit the floor, only to get up to try and escape.

Rashid drove at him again but this time at high speed as he was crossing the road.

He was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court

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His car then struck him, causing a "massive thud" heard by witnesses, before the victim ended unconscious on the road.

Rashid, who had previously admitted a charge of wounding with intent, was jailed for nine years and banned from driving for eight years.

Abi Nixon, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said Rashid made no attempt to stop and later changed the registration plates of the car, which he tried to hide in a garage.

She said the victim had to undergo emergency surgery because he had suffered life threatening damage to his aorta.

His other injuries included multiple fractures to his ribs, lower part of his spine and pelvis, as well as badly damaged knee ligments.

He also suffered brain damage.

In a statement the victim said: "My life has been destroyed. I am still having nightmares.

"I am scared to go outside and suffer from panic attacks."

He said he had been confined to his home and had to use a wheelchair, wear leg splints for 23 hours a day and have a carer.

In passing sentence Judge Richard Bond said: "He (the victim) had had a relationship with your then estranged wife, the mother of four children.

"I have no doubt whatsoever that this offence was a revenge attack by you upon your victim you had met for the first time.

"You had opportunity after opportunity to leave the scene."

The judge said he had been shown some "graphic" footage and went on: "Quite frankly it is horrific because your victim had no chance.

"You deliberately drove at him at speed mowing him down.

He said it was estimated Rashid had been driving at between 37 and 42 mph at the time of the collision.

"The injuries caused can only be described as life-changing," the judge continued.

"The medical evidence shows that he is lucky to be alive. He was in hospital for 10 weeks."

Mr Tariq Shakoor, mitigating, said Rashid had been unaware of the relationship until the night of the attack.

He said: "The victim was intoxicated at the time and when he embraced the defendant's wife in the presence of this defendant that was what triggered the series of events that night."

Mr Shakoor said there was provocation and that the victim had made a number of "unpleasant" remarks to him, but Rashid should have walked away.

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