TWO men have been locked up after a campaign of harassment against the owners of a kebab shop culminated in the owner suffering serious injuries in an attack.
Teyfik Bulul, who runs Bridge Kebab and Pizza in Sutton Bridge, has put his business up for sale following the incident which left him with a shattered jaw.
Phil Howes, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court that the shop in Bridge Road had been targeted for several months prior to the incident on September 3.
Staff cleaning up after closing told a group they were too late to be served. Daniel Andrews (20) punched Mr Bulul, catching him to the left of his eye.
Mr Bulul and two of his staff then armed themselves with kitchen utensils to try and protect their property but a second youth Dale Green (18) punched Mr Bulul to the ground.
He ran off laughing and Mr Bulul was left needing an operation to have three metal plates fitted to hold his jaw together.
Mr Howes said: “Since the incident the owner has put the shop up for sale. He no longer wishes to live in Sutton Bridge and still fears for his safety once these men are released from prison.
“If the shop is not sold by the end of next month he will just shut it.”
The attack followed an earlier incident when Andrews threw a bin at the counter and a second matter in which he threatened and challenged staff.
Andrews, of Royal Close, Sutton Bridge, admitted charges of harassment and affray. He was sent to a young offenders’ institution for 14 months.
Green, of Anne Road, Sutton Bridge, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on September 3. He was given 16 months at a young offenders’ institution.
Recorder David Hall also imposed a restraining order on the men banning them from entering Bridge Road, Sutton Bridge, and from contacting Teyfik Bulul. That order will run indefinitely.
Leonard Bruce, for Andrews, said his client expressed true sorrow and remorse.
He said: “This is a young man with a serious alcohol abuse problem and he also has problems with substance abuse. He has set out his determination, however long it takes, to tackle these issues.”
He said Andrews helped care for his 82-year-old grandmother and has expressed his shame.
Andrea Clarke, for Green, said he only delivered one punch.
She said: “He has written a letter of apology to the shop owners. His mother has been devastated by his actions. It has caused a great impact on the family.”