Homophobic driver who spat at cyclist in pink Lycra and called him ‘gay boy’ is jailed after he is traced using the DNA from his saliva
- Faisal Alizada, 23, abused man, known as Philip Howard from a car in Notting Hill
- Police were able to match saliva samples back to his abuser following the attack
- Alizada, from Shepherd’s Bush, brought to court nine months after the incident
- Alizada was convicted this week of assault by spitting and jailed for eight weeks
A homophobic driver who spat at a cyclist as he shouted ‘oi gay boy’ has been jailed for eight weeks after he was traced by DNA left on the rider’s pink Lycra.
Faisal Alizada, 23, abused Philip Howard from his car while they waited at traffic lights at Notting Hill Gate.
Police were able to match the saliva samples back to his abuser following the attack on 27 March last year.
Faisal Alizada, who spat at a Philip Howard as he shouted ‘oi gay boy’, has been jailed for eight weeks after he was traced by DNA left on the rider’s pink Lycra (file photo)
Alizada, from Shepherd’s Bush, who has previous convictions for common assault and ABH, was brought to court nine months after the attack and convicted on January 24.
District Judge Samuel Goozee said: ‘I’m entirely satisfied that when you did it you were conscious, and that it was intentional on Mr Howard, as demonstrated by homophobic things you said and spat at him through the window.
‘I do not believe your apology has genuine remorse, he still had to go through the ordeal of giving evidence.
‘You committed this offence subject to a crown court order for offences of similar nature.
Judge Goozee slammed Alizada’s ‘woeful commitment’ to’ following that order.
He added: ‘Spitting at anybody is abhorrent, it makes it much more serious by the homophobic nature of the assault.’
Alizada’s plea that prison would worsen his anxiety and panic attacks went unanswered as he was jailed for eight weeks.
Alizada was convicted of assault at Westminster Magistrates’ Court (file photo) by spitting and jailed for eight weeks yesterday. He was also ordered to pay £150 compensation with no other costs
That included an extra week for obliging Mr Howard to relive the ordeal by pleading not guilty then failing to attend the January 10 trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
Wearing a black shirt and jacket Alizada had to be lifted to the exit by two dock officers as his family members pleaded with the court to set him free.
Alizada was convicted of assault by spitting and jailed for eight weeks yesterday. He was also ordered to pay £150 compensation with no other costs.