Jail for kebab house owner

Mr Beanz takeaway on Dickson Road, Blackpool
Mr Beanz takeaway on Dickson Road, Blackpool
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THE owner of a kebab shop linked by police to the disappearance of a schoolgirl has been jailed.

Jordanian Iyad Albattikhi, 34, was found guilty of assaulting another teenager who was involved in a drink and drugs night at the takeaway on Dickson Road, Blackpool.

Albattikhi who runs the Mr Beanz outlet – formerly known as Funnyboyz –was jailed for 20 weeks by magistrates.

He was told by presiding magistrate Mrs Eileen Oldroyd: “Your victim was vulnerable because of her age and stature and she was under the influence of drink and drugs.

“You headbutted her and then attempted to tamper with the CCTV.”

“You also tried to degrade the victim in front of other people.”

During the trial it was revealed how the 18-year old-victim was a former girlfriend of the accused.

She was lured into a lifestyle of drink and drugs she could not have afforded herself.

After a day out with Albattikhi she went back to his flat above the takeaway with others and there was a row.

It ended with her trying to leave and Albattikhi assaulting her in the street outside.

The defendant was also made the subject of a two-year restraining order forbidding him to have any contact with his victim.

A victim’s statement was read to the court which said: “He is a horrible man. I don’t want to go into Blackpool in case I see him.

“He is so intimidating. I have had nightmares about him and cannot sleep properly.”

Albattikhi’s lawyer Rachel Faux said her client would appeal against the jail term.

She told the court that since revocation of his late night licence income from the takeaway had slumped.

She said her client had no previous convictions.

Albattikhi was charged in connection with the disappearance of schoolgirl Charlene Downes who has not been seen since 2003.

She was then 13 years-old. Her body has never been found.

A judge at Preston Crown Court ended proceedings against Albattikhi and another man after the quality of police evidence in the murder case was called into question.

Albattikhi, who lives above the takeaway, pleaded not guilty to assault but was convicted by Blackpool Magistrates after a trial.

He was then bailed for pre-sentence reports before being jailed.

He had nothing to say.