Wibbly Wobbly play centre chaos as feuding family fight at children’s party

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Things 'really got out of hand' after a huge brawl broke out between feuding family members while they were at a soft play centre for a children's party, a court has heard.

CCTV captured the scrap at Wibbly Wobbly World of Play in Perry Barr, Birmingham, which took place in front of startled youngsters watching on.

It started when Raheela Sadaf 'flew' out of a party tent and punched a female relative in the mouth chipping her tooth, Birmingham Magistrates' Court heard.

She also struck another onlooker in the face, who tried to break up the scuffle which took place on February 29 last year, BirminghamLive reports.

Within a matter of seconds, around 10 family members became embroiled in the melee. Mrs Sadaf, aged 36, admitted two charges of assault and was sentenced to a community order.

Her husband Sohbat Khan, aged 43, had intervened in the brawl but denied an offence of assault and was found not guilty following a trial on Monday, May 17.

A count of affray against the couple, from Hamstead Road, Handsworth, was also dismissed after the prosecution offered no evidence.

Prosecutor John Western said: "The offence arises out of a situation which can be described as confusing, unnecessary and very unpleasant. It arises because of a family dispute that goes back years."

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Mr Khan and Sadaf were 'assured' a female relative they did not get along with would not be attending the party, but she turned up later which was 'the cause of some friction'.

Mr Western stated some 'unpleasant' words were exchanged 'before things really got out of hand' and Sadaf began to 'head with purpose' towards the rival family member and 'strike her forcefully'.

The other victim gave evidence at the trial and stated Sadaf 'flew out of the tent'. The victim said she then ran over and that the two of them started to fight.

She claimed Mr Khan then got involved, placed her in a headlock, kneed her in the stomach and elbowed her in the back.

Mr Khan took to the witness stand and denied the accusations.

He said: "I heard my wife screaming and saying 'get off me'. I just ran over to stop the fight. Nobody else was doing anything, just watching. It was three against one. They were all on my wife pulling her hair."

Magistrates, who watched the footage several times, found Mr Khan not guilty stating the prosecution had failed to prove he went beyond 'reasonable force' in the defence of his wife.

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Sadaf was sentenced to a 12-month community order including 15 days of rehabilitation activity. She was also fined £300 and was told to pay £250 in court costs as well as a £95 victim surcharge. A 12-month restraining order was also imposed banning her from contacting the two victims.

Sarfraz Khalil, defending, said: "Her problem is simply she lost her temper and acted physically upon it. It was very bad anger management and decision-making."

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