Hasan Suliman, 27, left the victim with a two-centimetre puncture wound in his mouth, and a three-centimetre wound on his chin after the gory attack following a row. However, Suliman, an asylum seeker from Sudan, was spared immediate jail. A judge today sentenced the thug to 21 months in prison, suspended for two years, for unlawful wounding.
Suliman approached the victim when he was chatting to some friends, who included a woman and her partner, in Rochdale town centre on October 21, 2018.
Chloe Fordham, prosecuting, said Suliman “took a cigarette out of the woman’s mouth and asked if she wanted driving home”.
Upset, the woman left, which is when Suliman began to become aggressive, Minshull Street Crown Court heard today.
He asked one member of the group why he was “staring at him”, at which point a group of other men offered to drive the victim and his friends home.
The group walked to a nearby Job Centre car park where their vehicle was parked but could not leave, Manchester Evening News reports.
“When they got to the car, the defendant was parked up at the gate of the car park,” said Ms Fordham.
“The defendant beckoned [the victim] and opened the boot of his car.
“He was met by the defendant holding a screwdriver in his hand. He brandished it and said something like, ‘if you want to die, I will kill you’.”
Suliman then stabbed the man in his left arm, and the pair fell to the ground, the barrister added.
She continued: “The defendant then stabbed him in the left side of his forehead.
“He continued to jab at him and stabbed him in the roof of his mouth, shouting he was going to kill him.”
At this point, Suliman was dragged off the man by others present, and left the scene.
The court was told Suliman, who lives in Rochdale, fled violence in Sudan to come to the UK. He hasn’t committed further offences since the car park violence.
He appeared in court today, wearing a red coat, black tracksuit bottoms, and white trainers.
William Donnelly, defending, said: “For this 27-year-old recent arrival in this country it is worth noting that since this offence there has been no repetition.”
Sentencing the defendant, Judge Paul Lawton said: “It is remarkable that having fled violence in Sudan you caused to bring violence to the streets of England.
“You’re 27-years-old and a man of previous good character. You have a partner and a young child, and are expecting another one.
“The violence used a potentially lethal weapon.”
He also handed Suliman a community order and alcohol rehabilitation programme, and told him to pay a victim surcharge.