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Jail for men behind GBH in Tottenham supermarket

19:33 19 March 2012

Michael Wabara

Michael Wabara

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Two men who beat another man unconscious, stamped on his head and dragged him through a supermarket “like a dead animal” have been jailed for seven years.

Michael Wabara, 26, of Risley Avenue, Tottenham, and Ufuk Yapici, 22, of West Hill Road, Brighton, attacked the victim as he walked along Tottenham High Road at around 2.30am on September 8 last year.

Wood Green Crown Court heard that the victim and his female friend were walking past Wabara and Yapici as they sat in a BMW in High Road, when the pair called his friend over.

When the victim tried to stop her going, Wabara and Yapici jumped out and repeatedly punched him until he blacked out.

When he came round minutes later they chased him into the nearby supermarket where they punched and kicked him to the floor, knocking him unconscious again. Yapici then landed one final blow, stamping on the victim’s head. His jaw was broken in the attack.

Yapici handed himself in five days later after seeing a police witness appeal. Officers arrested Wabara in his car on October 11, after his details were circulated on police systems.

Both men were charged with GBH with intent but only pleaded guilty to GBH, insisting they acted in self-defence. But after a week-long trial, jurors unanimously convicted them both of GBH with intent.

Sentencing them on Friday, March 16, to seven years each, Recorder S Williams said: “You rushed into that supermarket and you set about [the victim] with your fists and feet, punching and kicking him. He was trying desperately to get away from you.

“He was unconscious, lying flat on the floor, of no threat to you, when as a parting shot, Mr Yapici you stroll down the aisle and aim a blow at his head. There is absolutely no justification for kicking an unconscious man in the head.”

After the hearing, investigating officer Det Con Amanda Christodoulou, of Haringey CID, said: “Towards the end of the second attack, 6ft 5in Wabara dragged the victim like a dead animal through the aisles and to the front of the shop before leaving him lying there unconscious with numerous injuries including a broken jaw.

“It is incredible that the victim survived such an onslaught of blows.”

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