On 30 August 1995, Mark Sharp died in hospital in Luton, Bedfordshire.He had been attacked three days earlier by a gang of Asians.Mark was driving his car in Luton and was forced to brake sharply when another car driven by Abdul Shahid stopped suddenly in front of him. Mark overtook, making a rude gesture as he did so. Shortly afterwards he parked his car in High Town Road. The other car pulled up beside him and four Asians got out and confronted him.These were Abdul Shahid, Jomir and Forid Miah and Abdul Tahid. Even though it was four to one, Tahid felt it necessary to telephone for reinforcements Subsequently, Abdul Abbadin and Rejan Uddin and two others arrived and they came armed.A Mr. Tatham, who owned a nearby laundrette, witnessed the attack. From inside the laundrette he saw a man hit out at Mark who then fell. He heard someone shout: "Stab him!" and added:
"When Mr. Sharp was in a crouching position they all converged. They were fighting to get one in. There was kicking and everything, hitting and kicking. When Sharp was lying down the group was hitting and kicking." Another witness, a Mr. Harper, described how four or five Asians were arguing with Mark: "They were pulling things out of their sleeves and started to hit him. They looked like poles and bars. I think they all had a weapon like a chrome bar, looked like, and one looked like a wooden bar about two feet long...
They started hitting the man, pushing him to the floor and beating him. I could see all the blood. I thought about five were involved in the attack...
All of them started pushing him about, knocked him to the floor and kicked and beat him... He had no chance really. He tried to defend himself, but did not get much chance." Ian Smith, a ten-year-old boy, was watching from the window of a flat.He saw one of the 'reinforcements' take part of a snooker cue from his sleeve and watched as he attacked Mark with it. He said:
"He didn't make him go down and the white man turned and looked around. Then another Asian kicked him. He banged off the railings of the church and fell down. Then all of them just started hitting him, stamping on him and kicking him. All the men who came down the road had sticks as well. These sticks were all the same as the first stick that I just described.
When the white man fell to the ground, the Asians with sticks hit him with their sticks. Others were stamping on him and kicking him. All of them were attacking him. No-one was trying to stop what was happening."The gang carried on kicking and beating him even when he was lying lifeless on the ground. At some point Mark was also stabbed in the head. Nevertheless, Mark hung on for three days.Then he died.On 11 July 1996, Rejan Uddin and Abdul Tahid were convicted of murder and sentenced to life. At the trial, the Judge explained to the jury how they could consider PROVOCATION as a defence. This might reduce murder to manslaughter if they considered that any of the accused had been caused to lose their self-control by things that Mark had said or done which might have been 'ENOUGH TO MAKE A REASONABLE YOUNG ASIAN MALE ACT.' He added:"If the answer is yes then HE IS GUILTY OF MANSLAIGHTER (not murder) BY REASON OF PROVOCATION." Jomir Miah, Abdul Shahid and Forid Miah were acquitted of murder but convicted of manslaughter. Forid Miah and Abdul Shahid were sentenced to four years imprisonment. Jomir Miah was sentenced to four years detention in a Young Offenders Institution. Abdul Abedin fled to Bangladesh. A warrant for his arrest was issued but a Bangladeshi High Commission spokesman said:
"We have no extradition treaty with Britain. It can only be done on goodwill now. It depends on how serious the British government is."On 26 April 2004, the BBC website reported thus:"Abdul Abedin, 31, fled the UK following the death of Mark Sharp, 37, in High Town Road, Luton, Bedfordshire. Mr. Abedin is believed to have been held in Bangladesh for 43 months awaiting extradition before he returned to England and turned himself in."Yet another foreigner who would rather be banged up in Britain than at liberty in the land where his ancestors are buried.
On 12 May 1998, the convictions of Abdul Shahid and Forid Miah were quashed. Luton Crown Court was then told that:
"The murder charge had been substituted by one of wounding."So, if you put two fingers up at an Asian who almost causes a traffic accident with his dodgy driving and, subsequently, he aand his mates punch you and kick you and bludgeon you repeatedly and stab you in the head, he and his mates may expect to be charged with manslaughter instead of murder, and, thereafter, sentenced to just four years.