TWO sons who helped get their father elected into County Hall have pleaded guilty to knocking out the front teeth of a teenage girl.
Waqar Mohammed Younis, 20, and his brother Khawar Younis, 17, both of Nuttall Street, Accrington, appeared at Burnley Crown Court on Tuesday charged with occasioning actual bodily harm and grievous bodily harm with intent.
The pair, whose father is newly-elected Lancashire County Councillor Mohammed Younis, who defeated Doreen Pollitt by a margin of only 22 votes for the seat of Accrington North, were due to go to trial until they pleaded guilty to ABH and a lesser charge of GBH without intent.
Speaking exclusively to the Observer their victim Lianne Clayton, 18, of Lime Road, Accrington, has spoken out about the attack which left her without two upper front teeth and James Ryder, also 18, her boyfriend, with deep cuts and bruises and needing a CT Scan.
Child care apprentice Lianne said: "This was easily the worst thing that has ever happened to me. I still don’t know why they picked on us. I think we were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"Me and James were walking down the street, when a red jeep pulled up next to us and eight lads jumped out. The next thing I knew they were circling us and hitting James.
"I tried to pull them off him, but then I just remember being pushed back and being punched in the face, I think I was knocked out because when I woke up I was on the floor."
The incident happened on 24 November last year.
Lianne, now has to wear a plate covering the gap left by her missing teeth, hopes and is hoped to be fitted with permanent screw in replacements in July which will take six months to heal and set.
She said: "Wearing this plate is a nightmare. I hate eating in front of people at work because the plate falls out and looks horrible. I get really self-conscious and down about the mess it has left me in.
"I am relieved they have pleaded guilty and that I don’t have to give evidence in court. Even seeing them in the waiting room with my family around, left me in tears and fearful.
"Every time I see a red car I freeze. I saw them earlier this month canvassing for their dad who has just been elected and I literally turned round and ran home.
"They shouldn’t be allowed to help with an election when they can be so violent. They have never apologised."
County Councillor Younis, a Tory councillor, won his seat after one of the borough’s closest margins, which saw the votes having to be counted twice.
He said: "This is a very regrettable incident. It was out of character for my sons. They are both very sorry about the whole incident and they will never behave like this in the future.
"I am very proud of my sons and they are now moving on with their lives, education and future."
The Younis brothers will now reappear on Monday 27 July to be sentenced.
Recorder Geoffrey Lowe told the pair: "This case is adjourned for pre-sentence reports so that the court can learn more about you before sentencing. I must make you aware that a custodial sentence is clearly an option. You have pleaded guilty to serious crimes."