Man jailed for frenzied machete attacks
A man who attacked three people, including a two-year-old child, with a machete has been jailed for 28 years.
A jury at Birmingham Crown Court heard how Mohammed Tabriz attacked a 19-year-old man at an address in Hales Lane, Smethwick on 6 December last year, causing serious head injuries, before travelling to another address in Penley Grove, Washwood Heath.
Once there he knocked on the door, which was answered by a 28-year-old woman. Tabriz launched an attack on her causing serious head injuries. The woman’s two-year-old son was also caught up in the violence and he too was injured, thankfully to a lesser degree.
Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Jamie Mason said: "Tabriz denied that he was responsible and sought to involve others to corroborate invented alibis, saying he was at home asleep at the time of the attacks, but we found compelling evidence which placed him at the scenes of the crimes.
"Tabriz had hired a car the day before and bought an orange fluorescent jacket, which he wore for one of the attacks. A label from the jacket was found in the hire car, but the jacket was missing.
"Analysis of Tabriz’s mobile phone also placed him in the vicinity of one of the attacks.
"Tabriz had suspected his estranged wife was having an affair and this is thought to have been what had motivated him to commit such acts of violence. His first victim has significant and long lasting injuries, both physical and psychological and both he and the woman have permanent scarring which is a daily reminder of their ordeal."
Tabriz, aged 36 from Fentham Road, Aston, was found guilty after a nine day trial and was sentenced to 28 years for attempting to murder the 19-year-old man, 18 years for the woman and 12 years for her son, all to run concurrently, on Monday 11 September.