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12 July 2013, 14:25 | Updated: 12 July 2013, 14:29
A taxi driver who built up a resentment towards his ex wife's new husband for over seven years, led an assault on him which left him with a fractured skull and a blood clot on the brain.
Abdul Mojnu, 40 lay in wait with two other men, as waiter Salim Uddin returned home from work to School Lane, Luton, at about midnight on Mar 23 this year, Luton Cown Court was told.
The victim was attacked with a hockey stick and repeatedly kicked, and his ordeal only ended when a neighbour came out and his attackers fled.
During the assault Mojnu told him: "I have wanted to beat you up for seven years. Your wife will come and take your dead body," said prosecutor Helen Guest.
She said Mojnu also implied that he would have an alibi for the time of the assault as he was a taxi driver on duty in Milton Keynes.
Mr. Uddin was transferred to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, with a fractured skull and cheek bone and bleeding to the brain, and has made a good recovery from the physical injuries. But he has been left with post concussive syndrome which can last up to two years and can effect sleep, concentration and vision.
Mojnu, of Queensway, Bletchley pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He was jailed for nine years on Friday.
Recorder Tim Clark told him: "This was a planned attack on a targeted victim. The sustained violence led to a serious head injury.
"It was a terrifying ordeal for him and you are wholly to blame, not him. You chose to act like a thug because of your inability to accept your wife was entitled to leave you and start a life with a new man.
"The sentence has to be a deterrent because if people chose to behave like you we would live in a country where those more ruthless would hold sway. Absurdly you seek to portray yourself as a victim."
Natalie Goffee, defending Mojnu said: "He is deeply remorseful for his actions, and accepts he was wrong."
She said there had been a long build up of resentment over the way he thought his daughters were being treated, and comments made to him that he perceived as rude.
"But despite the bad feelings there has never been any violence. This was an isolated incident," she said.