Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Machete Victim 'Part of Armed Gang Warfare'

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Machete Victim 'Part of Armed Gang Warfare'

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Byline: Gareth Lightfoot Court Reporter

A MACHETE attack victim has been accused of being part of an armed "gang" which tried to dominate an area of Middlesbrough.

The defence in a murder bid trial made allegations against Nawzadi Haidari after he told how he was assaulted with a machete.

He and Sirous Alizadeh accuse each other of being the aggressor in violence on Victoria Road, central Middlesbrough.

Alizadeh, 27, and two other men deny attempted murder in a trial at Teesside Crown Court.

The defence says Alizadeh was wrongly blamed as an "easier target" than the true machete attacker.

Mr Haidari told how he was struck to the head and arm with the blade on the evening of June 4. He said Alizadeh came at him with a machete, aiming for his face, after telling him: "Come forward, I will kill you."

Three of his fingers and one of his elbows were cut, before his head was struck, fracturing his skull, the court was told.

He said yesterday he tried to defend himself by waving a snooker cue he'd taken out of his car.

Giving evidence yesterday, Mr Haidari described Alizadeh as "a guy who is always after trouble".

Each man says the other shouted, swore and made a challenge to fight when Alizadeh's Ford Transit van and Mr Haidari's Ford Focus RS met on nearby Waterloo Road that day.

"I didn't want to fight him," said Mr Haidari, a UK resident for six years, speaking through a Kurdish Sorani interpreter.

"He actually threatened me, he's going to kill me."

He said he called his brother to warn him to avoid Alizadeh, then drove to Victoria Road on hearing of an incident there.

He saw his brother and Alizadeh arguing, and Alizadeh in a barbers' shop holding a pair of scissors being prevented from coming out, he added.

He told the jury he saw Alizadeh on the phone, then a black BMW arrived, a passenger got out carrying two machetes and handed one to Alizadeh.

Nigel Edwards, defending Alizadeh, said he was never armed, struck no blows and did not try to hit or harm Mr Haidari. …

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