Southampton victim hunts down robber using Facebook

Daily Echo: Talhabaig Mirza Talhabaig Mirza

A TEENAGER used Facebook to track down a man who subjected him to a terrifying and degrading robbery.

The 16-year-old was threatened with a knife and being bitten by a dog, repeatedly beaten and told to strip as part of the horrific ordeal at the hands of two young men who then stole his moped and mobile phone.

But despite the harrowing robbery the youngster turned detective and managed to trace one of his attackers through the social networking site. He then handed the details to police who promptly arrested Talhabaig Mirza.

His accomplice – described as the ringleader – has not been traced and police are appealing for help finding him.

At Southampton Crown Court 17-year-old Mirza pleaded guilty to robbery and was sent to a young offenders institution for two years and two months.

The court heard from prosecutor Siobhan Linsley, who said the victim had been riding his moped through Southampton’s Northam estate at 9.20pm on July 21 when he stopped by football pitches at the community centre. He was texting on his phone when he was approached by Mirza and another man who told him to take off his riding helmet, as he did so his phone and keys to his bike were taken.

What followed was a sustained attack that included the teenager being grabbed, pulled off his bike and punched.

The victim told police Mirza had punched him in the face “as hard as he could” before being ordered to his knees.

Despite pleading for the attack to stop the victim was then kneed in the face twice by Mirza, who himself was only 16 when he carried out the attack.

Mirza’s accomplice, who it was accepted was ‘the ringleader’ in the robbery, then pulled out a 12in kitchen knife which he pushed against the chest of the teenage victim before handing it over to Mirza who did the same.

Ms Linsley said: “At this stage the victim was told to remove his clothes.”

She added the pair then photographed the victim on his own phone before goading a dog they had to bite him. The pair then “touched fists to say goodbye” before leaving.

The victim fled to a friend’s house who called the police. Miss Linsley said the victim thought he recognised Mirza and managed to identify him through friends on Facebook.

Mitigating for Mirza, of Howell Close, Southampton, Sarah Jones said the episode was wholly out of character for Mirza who was under the influence of the other older man.

“It is very difficult to be a young person on this estate.”

In jailing Mirza Judge Peter Henry described the robbery as “the gratuitous degradation of a young man”.

Police appeal

DETECTIVES today issued a plea for help from the community to trace another man they want to speak to in connection with the attack.

Fardeen Hamidy, 18, who lives on the Northam Estate, has never been found despite extensive work to try to locate him.

Detective inspector Paul Gelman, from Shirley CID, said he was keen to find Hamidy and talk to him about the robbery.

He said: “This was a violent and unprovoked attack with the aim of stealing items from a youth. While we are pleased that Mirza has been brought to justice over this matter, we are keen to question Fardeen Hamidy in connection with this robbery.”

He added: “I am sure someone in the Northam community knows him and where he may be now and I would urge them to contact us.”

Anyone with information on where Hamidy might be is asked to call Shirley CID on 101.

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9:47am Fri 5 Oct 12

SotonLad says...

Come on people, do the right thing and tell the police where Hamidy is - the scum needs to be locked up as well ASAP to protect the public.
Come on people, do the right thing and tell the police where Hamidy is - the scum needs to be locked up as well ASAP to protect the public. SotonLad

9:51am Fri 5 Oct 12

BenjiWinsor says...

What a horrendous attack. I hope the victim has managed to recover from this emotionally that must have been awful to go through.
Agree with SotonLad people need to come forward with information on the missing man, prove you know what's right and what's wrong and so what is right.
What a horrendous attack. I hope the victim has managed to recover from this emotionally that must have been awful to go through. Agree with SotonLad people need to come forward with information on the missing man, prove you know what's right and what's wrong and so what is right. BenjiWinsor

9:59am Fri 5 Oct 12

WECOMING4U says...

Total Scum both of them. Hope they get to strip a few times in their borstals!!! Only be time before the other rat is flushed out!
Total Scum both of them. Hope they get to strip a few times in their borstals!!! Only be time before the other rat is flushed out! WECOMING4U

10:00am Fri 5 Oct 12

mbetts says...

Google "Fardeen Hamidy" and it takes you to this little scumbags BEBO page where he lists his favourite movies as Kidulthood and Adulthood, where there's a scene that is exactly the same as they subjected this kid too, anyone who sees this piece of scum should kick him in the face!
Google "Fardeen Hamidy" and it takes you to this little scumbags BEBO page where he lists his favourite movies as Kidulthood and Adulthood, where there's a scene that is exactly the same as they subjected this kid too, anyone who sees this piece of scum should kick him in the face! mbetts

10:02am Fri 5 Oct 12

St.DaveH says...

Absolute waste of space and will never make any contribution to society - "Mitigating for Mirza, of Howell Close, Southampton, Sarah Jones said the episode was wholly out of character for Mirza" is total Bull.....castrate and seperate....
Absolute waste of space and will never make any contribution to society - "Mitigating for Mirza, of Howell Close, Southampton, Sarah Jones said the episode was wholly out of character for Mirza" is total Bull.....castrate and seperate.... St.DaveH

10:16am Fri 5 Oct 12

8089 says...

I wouldn't normally advocate violence, but I think mbetts is right!
I wouldn't normally advocate violence, but I think mbetts is right! 8089

10:28am Fri 5 Oct 12

Shoong says...

He looks gutted, doesn't he?
He looks gutted, doesn't he? Shoong

10:43am Fri 5 Oct 12

G0Rf says...

here's some pictures to help you track Fardeen Hamidy down.............
http://www.bebo.com/
c/photos/albums?Memb
erId=7404961794
here's some pictures to help you track Fardeen Hamidy down............. http://www.bebo.com/ c/photos/albums?Memb erId=7404961794 G0Rf

10:49am Fri 5 Oct 12

ToastyTea says...

Pure scum makes me feel sick.
Pure scum makes me feel sick. ToastyTea

11:45am Fri 5 Oct 12

Laura85 says...

Rats always go into hiding. If people know him do us all a favour and shop him. We dont need scum like that on our streets.
Rats always go into hiding. If people know him do us all a favour and shop him. We dont need scum like that on our streets. Laura85

11:55am Fri 5 Oct 12

Huey says...

It's time we gave up on people like this and just execute them.
It's time we gave up on people like this and just execute them. Huey

12:39pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Higginz says...

“It is very difficult to be a young person on this estate.”

And now, for two years and two months, it's slightly easier. Hooray!
“It is very difficult to be a young person on this estate.” And now, for two years and two months, it's slightly easier. Hooray! Higginz

1:49pm Fri 5 Oct 12

florida saint says...

nice guy eh , what a coward, come on someone knows the other t@SSER. if you are his mate and know what he has done to this young lad you are as bad.
what were the police doing to trace these scum.
nice guy eh , what a coward, come on someone knows the other t@SSER. if you are his mate and know what he has done to this young lad you are as bad. what were the police doing to trace these scum. florida saint

3:21pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Matt Probert says...

“It is very difficult to be a young person on this estate.”

It is very difficult to be ANY person on ANY estate, but that does not excuse behaving in such a socio-pathic manner (I cant say what I really think of these two, but if you think of someone who works for Lloyds-TSB or Barclays you may get the gist).

Come on Youth Service, lets clean up these estates and PREVENT disillusioned young so-and-sos from becoming vicious thugs.

Nuff respect to the victim who has shown great fortitude and presence of mind in tracking down one of his assailants despite the trauma he must have gone through.

Matt
“It is very difficult to be a young person on this estate.” It is very difficult to be ANY person on ANY estate, but that does not excuse behaving in such a socio-pathic manner (I cant say what I really think of these two, but if you think of someone who works for Lloyds-TSB or Barclays you may get the gist). Come on Youth Service, lets clean up these estates and PREVENT disillusioned young so-and-sos from becoming vicious thugs. Nuff respect to the victim who has shown great fortitude and presence of mind in tracking down one of his assailants despite the trauma he must have gone through. Matt Matt Probert

5:56pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Subject48 says...

I think the police should release them after finding them due to lack of evidence......

Right outside a lynch mob and then just leave. That would be justice. not 2 years in a young offenders hotel where they can learn from other scum how to get away with more stuff...

This is what the nanny state and health and safety BS has bred.
I think the police should release them after finding them due to lack of evidence...... Right outside a lynch mob and then just leave. That would be justice. not 2 years in a young offenders hotel where they can learn from other scum how to get away with more stuff... This is what the nanny state and health and safety BS has bred. Subject48

6:05pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Bossman786 says...

You cockroaches will never understand this is why you are so thick! Judging this person so easily, the victim was a scumbag if you never knew!
You cockroaches will never understand this is why you are so thick! Judging this person so easily, the victim was a scumbag if you never knew! Bossman786

6:09pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Bossman786 says...

The victim is the mighty scumbag in your estate now you ****
The victim is the mighty scumbag in your estate now you **** Bossman786

6:10pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Bossman786 says...

Pagans
Pagans Bossman786

6:28pm Fri 5 Oct 12

IronLady2010 says...

This is sick!!! Robbing someone is bad enough, forcing them to strip and take pictures is repulsive. I hope they get the second person and get them off our streets for a long time, they obviously need medical help.
This is sick!!! Robbing someone is bad enough, forcing them to strip and take pictures is repulsive. I hope they get the second person and get them off our streets for a long time, they obviously need medical help. IronLady2010

6:31pm Fri 5 Oct 12

MerryOak? says...

G0Rf wrote:
here's some pictures to help you track Fardeen Hamidy down.............
http://www.bebo.com/

c/photos/albums?Memb

erId=7404961794
For your information and anyone else reading this. This is NOT Fardeen Hamidy, or the person on the other link.
I know who is is, and thats definitely not him.
[quote][p][bold]G0Rf[/bold] wrote: here's some pictures to help you track Fardeen Hamidy down............. http://www.bebo.com/ c/photos/albums?Memb erId=7404961794[/p][/quote]For your information and anyone else reading this. This is NOT Fardeen Hamidy, or the person on the other link. I know who is is, and thats definitely not him. MerryOak?

6:59pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Subject48 says...

So you are perverting the course of justice or harbouring a fugitive ?
So you are perverting the course of justice or harbouring a fugitive ? Subject48

12:04am Sat 6 Oct 12

MerryOak? says...

Subject48 wrote:
So you are perverting the course of justice or harbouring a fugitive ?
If I knew of his current whereabouts I would inform the correct authorities without hesitation.
[quote][p][bold]Subject48[/bold] wrote: So you are perverting the course of justice or harbouring a fugitive ?[/p][/quote]If I knew of his current whereabouts I would inform the correct authorities without hesitation. MerryOak?

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