A man who broke into a Sikh temple in Derby before stabbing a random passer-by on the street has been jailed for more than six years.
Mohammed Ibrar, of Cromwell Road, Normanton, stabbed his victim multiple times and followed him into a nearby shop when his victim tried to escape the unprovoked random attack on Monday, May 25, last year.
During the attack, the 32-year-old was described as attempting to cut the neck of his victim before he was driven away when people in the shop started to throw items at him.
He also broke into a Sikh temple in Stanhope Street on the same day in what was described as a racially aggravated incident.
At his sentencing on Tuesday, March 16, Derby Crown Court heard that Ibrar had “relapsed into a psychotic state” at the time of the attack.
At a previous court hearing he pleaded guilty to assault occasioning grievous bodily harm with intent, possessing a knife and burglary, while a not guilty plea of attempted murder was accepted by the prosecution.
Speaking to Ibrar through an interpreter, Judge Jonathan Bennett said it was remarkable the victim had not suffered more serious injuries, but he had still be stabbed multiple times.
He said CCTV played in court had shown Ibrar following the victim for “some time” before the victim realised he had a knife.
“You then used it to stab towards him in what was an entirely unprovoked attack upon a stranger in the street,” Judge Bennett said.
He said the victim tried to run away but he was chased over Normanton Road and there was a scuffle with the victim trying to keep Ibrar away from him. The victim was stabbed during this.
The victim then attempted to run into Polanica, a shop on Normanton Road, shouting “call the police”.
Ibrar followed him inside and continued to try and stab him, with many of these attempts proving successful.
Judge Bennett said: “He continues to make every effort to protect himself and received defensive injuries.
“He thought he was going to die.”
Ibrar left after people in the shop threw items at him, leaving his knife behind.
Afterwards, people in the shop came to help the injured man, including a homeless woman who sought to stop the bleeding from his wounds.
In a statement to police after the incident, the victim said Ibrar “wanted to stab me in the head with knife. He wanted to cut my neck here, and here”.
He added: “He wanted to cut my, my neck…..he wanted to cut straight away here (indicates) the veins, the big one.”
Ibrar then went home, got rid of his clothing and told his wife “I’ve done something and I need to stay in the loft”.
On the same day, Ibrar had walked into the nearby Guru Arjan Dev Gurdwara Sikh temple in Stanhope Street, although they were described as unrelated incidents by the prosecution.
In this incident he entered the building three times, and on the second occasion he was carrying a carjack which he used to cause damage.
The final time he came back and through a note over the boundary wall which read: “India did first lockdown after Pak Allah Pak, give punishment. Try to help Kashmir people otherwise problem everyone try to understand.”
Never miss another Derbyshire Live story with free email updates
There’s an easy way to guarantee you never miss another Derbyshire Live story – just subscribe to receive free email updates.
You’ll get daily newsletters, as well as breaking news as it happens, straight to your inbox.
Just select the newsletters you want to receive here – or enter your email into the black box at the top of this story.
Judge Bennett said the premises had been targeted based on race and the incident had “caused a degree of distress to worshippers”.
Ibrar, who was born in Pakistan, and moved to the UK in 2018 after marrying a British citizen in 2013, was described as a man of previous good character.
The report of a psychiatrist said: “It may be the case that Mr Ibrar has experience an episode of mental illness, including during the period of time covering the allegations, from which he has now recovered.”
Judge Bennett said he had come to the conclusion Ibrar’s mental health at the time “impaired your judgement and ability to make rational choices”.
He added Ibrar’s wife had been “exceedingly worried for your health” and there had been difficulties in being able to get a proper assessment of his mental health with his GP due to lockdown restrictions.
Judge Bennett said he was of the opinion Ibrar poses a “significant risk to members of the public of serious harm”.
“I do recognise the efforts in the days preceding this offence by members of your family, particularly your wife, to get you help,” he said.
“I accept that you have a loving and supportive family. I acknowledge that you are currently stable.
“However there is some evidence of an episode when you were in Pakistan. I conclude that an extended sentence is necessary in the circumstances.”
He jailed Ibrar for one year for burglary, and five years and six months with an extended licence of four years for GBH. Both of these sentences will run consecutively.
He was also given a one-year sentence for possession of the knife, which will run concurrently.
This means he will serve a total of six years and six months imprisonment, with an extended licence of four years.
He will be eligible for parole after he has served half his one year burglary sentence and two-thirds of his five-and-a-half year GBH sentence.
He also warned him that he faced being deported once becoming eligible for parole, although this would be a matter for the Home Office.