TWO businessmen appeared in court yesterday in connection with an incident in which a man was shot on an upmarket residential estate.
Amjed Malik, 31, suffered a gunshot wound to his lower leg when he was confronted by two armed and masked men in a house in Middle Drive, Darras Hall, Ponteland, in the early hours of August 31. Mr Malik, who owns an accident claims franchise on Newcastle's West Road, underwent surgery after being blasted with a double-barrelled shotgun and has now been discharged from Newcastle General Hospital.
Yesterday two men appeared before magistrates in Bedlington charged with conspiracy to cause Mr Malik grievous bodily harm.
They are Shakir Javid, 32, of Bolbec Road, Fenham, Newcastle, and Shazad Dhean – also known as Rafi Hussain – aged 31, of Fallowfield, Manchester.
Javid is also charged with causing criminal damage to a BMW car owned by Nadia Dhean in West Road, Newcastle, on August 6 and making threatening telephone calls intended to intimidate Ms Dhean on September 5.
The two men, who run their own businesses in Newcastle and Manchester respectively, were flanked in the dock by three security guards during yesterday's hearing. Magistrates rejected an application for them to be released on conditional bail and they were remanded in custody until next Friday, when they will appear at Newcastle Crown Court.
Ms Dhean, who was with Mr Malik in the house in Darras Hall when the attack took place, is the ex-wife of Shazad Dhean and the sister of Shakir Javid.
Yesterday Sarah O'Neill, prosecuting, successfully applied for the two accused to be remanded in custody.
The family of Mr Malik spoke of their shock and anguish following the attack, which happened when he and Ms Dhean called at the house in Darras Hall to pick up some food in the early hours of the morning.
Family members were allowed into the hospital to visit him and his mother kept a constant vigil at his bedside before he was allowed home to Newcastle’s West End.