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Asylum seeker, 28, faces deportation after he picked up and threw dogwalker’s four-year-old daughter in the air before using his dog lead to hit him in vicious park attack


An asylum seeker is facing deportation after he threw a father’s four-year-old daughter in the air before using the victim’s own dog lead to attack him.

Hull Crown Court heard how Hamza Faide led a ‘tumultuous’ life in which he said he was from Libya, although there were other indications he might also be from Morocco.

The 28-year-old has also claimed to be only 19 in the past and he gave a series of different dates of birth to immigration authorities while seeking asylum. The court also heard how he would use different dates of birth to get himself out of trouble with the law. 

The court also heard that Faide ‘loves the city of Hull’ and wanted to spend the rest of his life there and he was disappointed he now faced possible deportation for his vicious attack.

Judge Mark Bury said that Faide approached the father, who was with his daughter and  walking his dog, while he was smoking a cigarette in Peel Street Park in Hull. Faide asked the man for a cigarette but he didn’t have any on him.    

Hamza Faide, 27, was found guilty of robbery and racially aggravated threatening words or behaviour towards a police officer. Judge Mark Barry sentenced him to four years and three months in prison and told him: 'You should expect to find that you are, in fact, deported'

Hamza Faide, 27, was found guilty of robbery and racially aggravated threatening words or behaviour towards a police officer. Judge Mark Barry sentenced him to four years and three months in prison and told him: ‘You should expect to find that you are, in fact, deported’

Peel Street Park in Hull. Court heard how Faide approached the dogwalker, who was with his daughter, to ask for a cigarette but he didn't have left. When the man started to leave Faide followed him and start talking about football

Peel Street Park in Hull. Court heard how Faide approached the dogwalker, who was with his daughter, to ask for a cigarette but he didn’t have left. When the man started to leave Faide followed him and start talking about football

Faide then started following him and ‘rather strangely’ started to talk to him about football. He put his arm around the man’s shoulder, alarming the victim, who tried to keep his distance. Faide put his knee into the man’s chest area and picked up his daughter, throwing her into the air, catching her and putting her in his own arm.

After putting the girl down and pushing the man, the victim felt so threatened that he hit Faide. Judge Bury told Faide: ‘You punched him more than once and then slapped him on his chest.’

Faide picked up the man’s dog lead that he had dropped and hit him with it. ‘Your behaviour was becoming more aggressive,’ said Judge Bury.

He then grabbed a gold chain that was around the man’s neck. It came off and dropped to the ground, where it was later found. He walked off and, by chance, ended up walking down a street in the area where the man lived.

The victim called the police and Faide was found hiding in or under a bush. A policeman pulled him out of it and Faide was arrested. He hurled racial insults at him and continued doing so.

The robbery victim later said: ‘Since the incident, I haven’t been the same.. I now struggle with sleeping. I haven’t been out on my own as I am scared.. It was a completely unprovoked attack. There is no need for anybody to do this.

‘I am struggling again. I am always checking my surroundings. I was smacked across the back with a dog lead during the attack and I have been suffering with pain in my back ever since.’

Hannah Turner, mitigating, said that Faide still denied the robbery offence. He claimed that he had been under the influence of alcohol, not drugs, at the time. 

Miss Turner said: ‘He loves the city of Hull and this is where he wanted to spend the rest of his life. 

‘It’s very unlikely that he will be able to remain in the United Kingdom.’ 

Faide denied robbery and using racially aggravated threatening words or behaviour towards a police officer but he was convicted by a jury and was sentenced to four years and three months in prison.

Hull Combined Court Centre, home to Hull Crown Court. The court heard how Faide would use different dates of birth to get himself out of trouble with the law

Hull Combined Court Centre, home to Hull Crown Court. The court heard how Faide would use different dates of birth to get himself out of trouble with the law

Judge Bury told Faide: ‘You fall to be deported at the end of this sentence, if not before. That’s an administrative decision to be taken by others, not this court. You should expect to find that you are, in fact, deported.’

Faide had convictions for two previous offences, including possessing cannabis in December.

After the hearing, officer in the case Detective Constable Lauren Ireland from the Criminal Investigation Department said: ‘Faide’s behaviour was vile. Both in his unprovoked attack on an innocent member of public who was just going about their daily business with their young child and dog, and his racial abuse towards one of our officers. It is wholly unacceptable, and this behaviour will not be tolerated.

‘I hope the result at court today provides the victim, our officer, and members of public with some reassurance that Faide can no longer cause fear or harm within our communities.

‘Racial abuse, robbery and violent unprovoked crimes of this nature will not be tolerated, and we will do everything we can to seek justice for victims to ensure criminals are held accountable for their actions and our residents, and officers, feel safe.’

A Home Office spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘We are absolutely committed to ensuring that we are protecting the public by removing Foreign National Offenders. We removed 16,676 between January 2019 to September 2023.

‘It is longstanding government policy that we do not routinely comment on individual cases.’



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