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Wife fights off burglars trying to steal Audi with husband’s Samurai sword

A woman managed to fight off three masked car jackers with her husband’s Samurai sword as they tried to steal the couple’s £42,000 Audi.

Rehan Malik, 23, and two others, broke into the couple’s home in Shipley, West Yorkshire, at 5.30am on October 25, demanding they give them the keys to the Audi.

The husband managed to dash up the stairs and dial 999 and grab the Samurai sword as a weapon.

But when they heard the car start up, they realised the raiders had found the keys, Bradford Crown Court heard.

As Malik, from Bradford, was trying to make off with Audi S3, it got stuck in the garage doors.

The woman then took the opportunity to use the sword to defend herself and went out to the garage.

She pointed the blade at Malik and ordered him to stay put until cops arrived, but he grabbed the blade with his bare hands and tried to wrestle it off her.

Malik was jailed for a total of three years and eight months

The woman, who was terrified he would turn the weapon against her, refused to let go of the weapon, which caused the sword to slice through both Malik’s hands during the struggle outside the garage.

Malik left a trail of blood behind him as he jumped into a getaway car with his two accomplices following the bungled raid.

The court heard how he was caught after checking himself into hospital and lost so much blood he nearly died.

The police has been checking up on hospitals in the region and discovered that Malik had sought medical help in Barnsley.

He spent five days on the ward and would have died from blood loss if he had delayed seeking help any longer, the court was told.

He needed blood transfusions and had lost all feeling in both his hands because the nerves were severed, his barrister Shufqat Khan said.

Malik was unable to get the treatment he needed while on remand in prison and might be left permanently disabled.

He had decided to go straight because he was unable to even open a can or bottle.

He had to be dressed by a cellmate who was effectively his carer.

He was also sentenced for dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and without insurance – offences committed before the burglary while he was on licence.

The court heard Malik was pursued by the police at 9.30am on April 12 at speeds at up to 90mph from Parry Lane to Feather Road in Bradford.

He jumped a red light and mounted the kerb in a Seat car, but drove down a dead end and was caught.

Malik, who has previous convictions for house burglary, dangerous driving and theft of vehicles, admitted all the offences.

He was given consecutive jail sentences of 12 months for dangerous driving and 32 months for the burglary – a total of three years and eight months. He was banned from driving for 58 months.

Judge Jonathan Rose underlined Malik injured himself by grabbing the blade and that the woman was totally blameless.


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