Three members of a gang of thieves have been jailed for a total of eight years.
The group, led by Munther Alothman, terrorized the streets of Bolton.
Mustafa Aldulaimi, Mesaadi Saeed and Baha Kadum were sentenced for their part in a series of robberies today (Friday January 28) after Alothman was jailed for seven and a half years in 2020.
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Bolton Crown Court has heard that one of the incidents involved Alothman approaching a college student on Folds Road, at around 7pm on February 13, 2020.
Alothman pushed him down a dark alley, before Kadum and Aldulaimi closed in on the victim.
One of the men punched the boy in the face, attorney for the prosecution, Adam Lodge, told the court.
His wallet and smartphone were taken from him after he was “roughly searched” and one of the thieves told the victim he “knew where he lived.”
Using a pin number the terrified boy gave the thieves, they withdrew £300 from his bank account.
In a personal statement from the victim, the boy said the incident made him feel ‘vulnerable’ and forced him to change his college routine, which affected his education.
On February 23, 2020, Aldulaimi and Saeed were involved in the robbery of two friends, aged 14 and 15.
The boys saw a group of men in ski masks near Bolton railway station, around 6:30 p.m.
One victim was dragged down a street and the other continued to walk.
The boy who was dragged down a street was punched and a small amount of cash was stolen.
One of the robbers told him: “I have a knife, I will kill you with it and leave you bleeding”.
Another thief threatened to “beat up” the other boy, before stealing his £1,000 iPhone.
In a victim impact statement, the 14-year-old said: “I thought I might get stabbed. I don’t think I’ll be able to walk downtown alone late at night again.”
Saeed and Aldulaimi also admitted to a robbery on March 12, 2020.
On that occasion, a drunken man was attacked in Bolton town centre.
He was punched in the face and his £700 phone was stolen, along with his car keys.
In a victim impact statement, he said the incident had left him “really upset.”
Aldulaimi, 22, of Pleasant Terrace, Dukinfield, pleaded guilty to four counts of robbery; Saeed, 20, of Slater Street, Bolton, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft; Kadum, 26, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to a single count of robbery.
Defending Aldulaimi, Joshua Bowker told the court that at the time of the incidents, he had been kicked out of his family’s home and had lost his footing.
“The wheels had fallen off a bit,” he said.
Robin Kitching, defending Kadum, said the defendant only became aware of the robbery he was involved in minutes before it happened.
Saeed’s defense lawyer, Rebecca Caulfield, told the court that he joined the gang seeking protection after moving to the UK from Italy and said he plans to return to Italy once he has served his sentence.
Judge Tom Gilbart described the incidents as “deeply unpleasant” and jailed the men for a total of eight years.
Kadum was sentenced to one year and eight months in prison, to be served after serving a sentence of five years and three months, for threatening to kill a couple in their own home.
Aldulaimi was jailed for three years and seven months, while Saeed was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.