A kid’s party descended into chaos after a fight broke out between feuding family members.
The relatives had gathered at a play centre to have fun with their children, but instead, several of them ended up embroiled in a brawl.
Shocked youngsters watched in horror as the adults around them argued and fought in an incident described in court as ‘very unpleasant’.
The row broke out at the Wibbly Wobbly World of Play in Perry Barr, north Birmingahm, after Raheela Sadaf ‘flew’ out of a party tent and punched a female relative in the mouth, chipping her tooth, Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard.
Sadaf also struck another onlooker in the face, who tried to break up the scuffle.
Her husband Sohbat Khan, aged 43, then intervened in the brawl, which apparently started because a female relative they had issues with turned up at the party.
Within a matter of seconds around ten family members became involved in the fight, it emerged at the hearing on May 17.
Shown CCTV footage of the incident, magistrates were told that Mr Khan and Sadaf of Hamstead Road, Handsworth, had been ‘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’.
Prosecutor John Western said that some ‘unpleasant’ words were exchanged between them ‘before things really got out of hand’ and Sadaf began to ‘head with purpose’ towards the rival family member and ‘strike her forcefully’.
“This then caused matters to escalate,” he added.
The court was then played footage from the incident, which took place on February 29 last year, showing Sadaf swing her right arm at the victim.
She then hit another onlooker who intervened as the fight continued.
“All of this in an area where it really shouldn’t have been happening with lots of other people about and lots of children about,” said the prosecutor.
The other victim gave evidence at the trial and stated that 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, saying: “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.”
He added: “I’m a big guy. I never punched anyone just tapped her. It might have seemed like a punch but if I did punch her, she wouldn’t have been standing.”
Sadaf, aged 36, admitted two charges of assault and 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.”
After watching the footage several times, magistrates found Mr Khan not guilty of assault, stating that the prosecution had failed to prove he went beyond ‘reasonable force’ in the defence of his wife.
A count of affray against the couple was also dismissed after the prosecution offered no evidence.
“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,” Mr Western added.