Shahbaz seriously injured in gang attack, wife lost child


BIRMINGHAM: West Midlands Police have confirmed of arresting a person arrest on Friday, April (5th April) in what officers have described as a “targeted attack”. A 32-year-old from Acocks Green has been detained on suspicion of wounding with intent.

A spokesman told BirminghamLive: “Officers are investigating after a man was attacked in Wellesley Gardens in Moseley on Tuesday (2 April). “The 32-year-old was assaulted by a group of five as he arrived home. The suspects smashed his rear view windscreen; and hit him over the head with a steering wheel lock. The man suffered a deep cut to the back of his head, and bruising to his ribs.

“Officers believe it was a targeted attack, and a 32-year-old man from Acocks Green was arrested today (5 April) on suspicion of wounding with intent.”

Birmingham Mail has reported the details of the incident happened in broad daylight in Wellesley Gardens at around 1pm on Tuesday, April 2. Shabaz Shakat was beaten to a “bloody pulp” after an attack outside his home in Moseley . Watch his emotional interview above.

A gang of five – one woman and four men – attempted to burst into his and then-pregnant wife’s home in what police have described as a targeted attack. The group attempted to break in via the front door and had bashed down the back garden gate.

Shabaz was two streets away at the time of the attack and sprinted back after being called by petrified wife. After arriving, the gang were smashing away at his car before he was confronted and battered steering wheel lock, suffering a deep gash to the top of his head.

His petrified wife, who is not being named, was six weeks pregnant at the time and was forced to watch the brutal beating from the upstairs bedroom window, witnessing husband Shabaz get knocked unconscious. The mum lost her baby at Queen Elizabeth Hospital two days later on April 4. His wife has four children – aged seven, eight, 10 and 11 – with her first husband, who died in a car crash in Moseley seven years ago.