Three brothers who violently attacked vulnerable tenants at their father’s rental properties in Bedford have been handed a combined jail term of 31 years.
Mohammed Shamrez, Mohammed Shakeel and Mohammed Said, of Bromham Road (min picture), used weapons including a metal pole, bolt croppers, baseball bats and a meat cleaver during the attacks during evictions, reports ITV News.
One man had his leg amputated after it was left hanging at a right angle while others were humiliated, forced to grovel and lick the shoes of their attackers.
At Luton Crown Court, Judge Alan Blake described the brothers as “rogue landlords-cum-enforcers” whose offences were ones of “extreme brutality”.
He said video recordings showed they gained “gratification and even sadism” from the attacks and could be used to engender a culture of fear around them.
Shamrez, 38, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm, two offences of attempted grievous bodily harm and two of actual bodily harm.
He was jailed for 14 years and six months. Mohammed Shakeel, 26, pleaded guilty to two offences of attempted GBH and was jailed for six years and eight months.
Mohammed Said, 24, pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted GBH and one of ABH and was jailed for 10 years and nine months.
Some of the harrowing footage includes the men holding their victim upside down, attacking him with bolt croppers, as well as punching and kicking another victim to the point he was left with a fractured rib.
Detective Constable Matthew Jarman says: “These three thugs have operated a brutal enforcement business of violence and intimidation targeting anyone they considered ‘undesirable’ in their properties.
“These men are vile and cowardly bullies who have preyed on vulnerable victims as part of their enforcement racket.”