A Northeast drug addict assaulted his father to fund his addiction

Urfan Arshad’s reign of terror took place over a two-year period in Middlesbrough and Darlington, Teesside Crown Court has learned.

And the 42-year-old was branded “selfish and despicable” by his sister as he was convicted of all his offences.

Teesside Crown Court heard the devastating impact his behavior had on his entire family as Judge Howard Crowson sentenced him to a total of eight and a half years in prison.

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Glenn Gatland, prosecutor, said Arshad’s father allowed him to stay with him after he became homeless, but he soon started taking money from him to pay for drugs before becoming violent when he was denied cash became.

He said: “He (the father) was pushed to the ground where he was kicked several times in the body, the defendant then sat on him and punched him.”

“He grabbed a knife before he demanded, ‘Take me to the ATM’ — he cut off his father’s bangs and said, ‘This is your hair and if you don’t give me the money, I’m going to stab you.'”

“They drove to an ATM and the dad withdrew £50 and then let him drive off to buy him some drugs.”

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The series of offenses that the accused faced:

  • On December 11, 2020, Arshad sexually assaulted a young girl traveling on a Trans Pennine train from York to Thornaby. Arshad began stroking her leg and rubbing his foot against hers before she managed to avoid his unwanted attention. He was found guilty after a trial at Teesside Magistrates’ Court.
  • On September 24 and 21, Arshad entered St Barnabas’ Church in Middlesbrough and stole a pupil’s bag while she was practicing with the orchestra. He pleaded guilty to theft.
  • On January 9, 2022, Arshad violently assaulted his father, forcing him to withdraw cash from his bank account to pay for drugs. In the middle of the trial, he pleaded guilty.
  • On March 15, 2022, the accused entered the Lifestyle store on North Road in Darlington and demanded cash from the store clerk, who handed over £200. He pleaded guilty to the robbery.
  • On March 20, 2022, he spat in a police officer’s face after being arrested, despite knowing he might have contracted hepatitis. Arshad then defecated in his cell and smeared it on the walls, causing criminal harm.
  • On March 21, 2022, Arshad broke into the homes of two elderly people in Darlington – stealing a pair of shoes from one victim and pretending to be collecting money for charity from the other victim.

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Paul Abrahams mitigated that his client suffered from an addiction for several years and managed to stay out of trouble until his company collapsed in 2013.

He said: “The words – in his father’s and sister’s victim impact statements – he should take to bed with him every night to remind him of the harm he has done to them.”

Arshad, from Harrowgate Hill, Darlington, was also ordered to put himself on the sex offenders register after his release from prison for seven years.

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