Son of magistrate convicted of ‘cruel’ knife and baseball bat revenge attack in row over ‘hippie crack’

Magistrate’s son gets 22 months in prison for ‘cruel’ knife and baseball bat revenge attack in row for ‘hippie crack’

  • Mahtarr Morgan, 20, assaulted a man after he failed to buy a ‘hippie crack’ from him
  • Victim had shunned him after being told Morgan planned to ‘get’ him
  • He saw the victim days later, chased him into a shop and launched a ‘brutal’ attack
  • The victim was severely beaten and stabbed and had to be taken to hospital
  • Morgan was given a suspended sentence in 2019 after robbing a schoolboy with a knife

A magistrate’s son has been sentenced to 22 months in prison for a ‘cruel’ knife and a baseball bat revenge attack on a man in a store in a row over ‘hippie crack’.

Mahtarr Morgan, 20, was part of a group involved in the attack and struck the victim multiple times with the bat, leaving him in fear of being killed.

The attack happened after the victim decided to stop buying balloons from Morgan to inhale nitrous oxide.

The son of a magistrate, Mahtarr Morgan, 20, (pictured) has been jailed for a ‘cruel’ knife and a baseball bat revenge attack on a man in a shop queuing over balloons

Morgan was given a 22-month suspended sentence at Warwick Crown Court in 2019 after robbing a schoolboy with a knife.

On that occasion, he avoided immediate jail time after a judge took into account his “marked softening” after being told he had sent his parents “through hell” and his father believed his son had changed his life.

But Judge Roderick Henderson, sitting at Birmingham Crown Court, jailed Morgan for 22 months for his latest crimes, telling him: ‘This is the fourth time you’ve been convicted of possessing offensive weapons.

“This was a brutal attack by two people armed with weapons.”

Three days before the attack, the victim had bought balloons on behalf of a friend of the defendant, the court heard.

“His friend changed his mind and the defendant was informed and he (Morgan) didn’t take it well,” said Omar Majid, the prosecutor.

Morgan said he would “catch” the victim who spent the next few days trying to avoid him.

But on May 6 this year, just after midnight, the victim was walking past an address on Victoria Street, Small Heath, when he was spotted by Morgan who was with two of his friends.

Judge Roderick Henderson, sitting at Birmingham Crown Court (pictured), has Morgan jailed for 22 months for his latest crimes

Judge Roderick Henderson, sitting at Birmingham Crown Court (pictured), has Morgan jailed for 22 months for his latest crimes

He was chased and fled into a shop where he was followed by the men, including Morgan, who was armed with a baseball bat.

The man tried to run behind a cash register, but was hit by the suspect in the front and back of his head with the weapon.

Morgan smashed some items in the store, appeared to leave, but then returned and hit the victim again.

He was also stabbed in the stomach by one of the other men. He was later taken to hospital and stitches were placed in the wound.

While the attack was underway, the shopkeeper pressed a panic button and the victim told him ‘he feared the attackers would kill him’.

Morgan, of Lyall Grove, Solihull, had previously admitted to carrying out an assault and having an assault weapon.

Andrew Howarth, defensively, said: ‘He is an intelligent man who lives with his parents. His father is a driving instructor and his mother works for the environmental department.

“He’s had his own business, a media services company, for about a year now.”

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