A self-proclaimed preacher who assaulted a takeaway boss and caused him life-changing brain damage has been in prison for more than eight years.
Hamdi Braiek, 34, attacked Mukhtar Hussain after complaining that a staff member at Mix Grill 91 in Maidstone, Kent, was dressed inappropriately.
He complained that the woman was “hanging her breasts out in his face” and told her to cover up.
CCTV showed Mr Hussain confronting Braiek outside the fast food joint over his attitude and abusive behavior towards his employee.
The pair then moved to a nearby park, where Braiek launched a “unilateral” attack on 35-year-old Mr Hussian.
A jury heard that after punching and chasing Mr Hussain, Braiek threw him to the ground and put him in a chokehold for up to a minute until he fell unconscious.
Witnesses reportedly watched in horror as Braiek then repeatedly kicked and stomped on Mr Hussain’s head “with ferocity” as he lay motionless on the ground.
Mr Hussain suffered a brain haemorrhage in the attack on May 30, 2021 and remained hospitalized for a year at a neurological rehabilitation center in Blackheath, south-east London, Maidstone Crown Court has been told.
The violent attack came just three hours after Braiek punched a woman at a mall in an unrelated transphobic attack, the court heard.
Accusingly, Daniel Stevenson said CCTV showed Braiek saying “Mr. Hussain’s head like a rugby player aims a rugby ball and kicks him right in the head” to deliver his final blow.
He said Mr Hussain might have died on May 30 if two “good Samaritans” from a pub opposite the park had not come to his aid before emergency services arrived and he was flown to hospital.
Braiek, from Maidstone, admitted willfully causing grievous bodily harm to Mr Hussain and two joint assault offences.
He had denied a more serious charge of attempted murder and was acquitted by a jury at his December trial.
Judge Julian Smith, who appeared at Maidstone Crown Court for sentencing today, sentenced Braiek to eight years and three months.
He said the impact on Mr Hussain, a once “hearty and healthy man” who now even struggles to read and write, was “significant, profound and devastating”.
“This was not a fight between two fighting men,” added Judge Smith.
The court heard how Braiek, an Uber Eats delivery driver, fled the scene after attacking Mr Hussian.
He later told police he chased Mr Hussain across the grass to confront him “because he had no faith” and was “not a real Muslim”.
Paul Jackson, defending himself, said it was accepted that Braiek kicked and trampled on Mr Hussain, but told the court he originally acted in self-defense and feared the victim had a knife.
But Mr Stevenson said no gun had been found.
He told the court that Braiek’s “unjustified” violence that day “appeared to be related to his perception that his religious beliefs were offended by the behavior of others.”
Just three hours before Mr Hussain was attacked, Braiek had attacked a transgender woman and her friend in a shopping centre.
“The defendant was offended by her appearance and questioned whether she was a woman and whether her trans identity was compatible with a belief in God, Jesus or Mohammed,” Mr Stevenson said.
“Whatever his personal views were, he had no right to express them to her.”
But when she responded “robustly and provocatively to his transphobic questioning,” Mr Stevenson said, Braiek responded by punching her in the face and attacking her friend.
Luckily, no one was seriously hurt, but Braiek told police he tried to warn them about Judgment Day only to be insulted for his faith.
The court heard Braiek was on police bail at the time of the crimes on May 30, having been charged with hitting his landlord in the street just two days earlier.
This matter has yet to be dealt with by the judges.
Braiek has no criminal record and must serve two-thirds of his sentence before he can be considered for parole.
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