Five men ‘were involved in mass brawl’ in Portsmouth street

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FIVE men involved in a mass brawl between two rival gangs were part of an ‘entirely unnecessary and widespread act of public disorder’, a court heard.

Ariful Laskar, 23, Fahim Ahmed, 19, Rezaul Laskar, 31, Mainul Alom, 35, and a 16-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons, are each accused of violent disorder for their involvement in a punch-up in Somers Road, Somers Town, Portsmouth.

A jury at Portsmouth Crown Court were told it is not known how the brawl, which happened during the day, started.

But they heard anyone in the area at the time would have feared for their safety.

Martyn Booth, prosecuting, said: ‘None of these defendants had any lawful excuse, none of these defendants had any excuse to become involved in the fighting.’

He added: ‘By acting the way that they did, clearly using violence in the way they are shown to use violence, it was such that anybody who happened to be present at the scene, anyone who happened to be caught up in these events would have invariably have feared for their own personal safety.’

Ariful Laskar, of Malta Road, Buckland, Ahmed, of Earlsdon Street, Southsea, Rezaul Laskar, of St James’s Road, Southsea, Alom, of Belmont Street, Southsea, and the 16-year-old boy all deny a charge of violent disorder.

All five defendants were arrested after the brawl, which happened shortly before 2pm on May 30 last year.

Mr Booth said: ‘This was a mass brawl between two warring gangs or parties.

‘They were people who chose to become involved in the violence, they weren’t people that had to become involved in violence.