Captain Phillips actor Mohammed Abdi, who starred opposite Tom Hanks, jailed for assault that left victim brain damaged

Mohammed Abdi, 27, was found guilty of the attack, which left his victim with fractured cheeks and suffering from a brain haemorrhage

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A British man, who played the role of a Somali pirate opposite Tom Hanks in the award-winning film Captain Phillips last year, has been jailed for the brutal assault of a man.

Mohammed Abdi, 27, was found guilty of the attack, which left his victim with fractured cheeks and suffering from a brain haemorrhage, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Along with two accomplices, Abdi kicked the man in the head and dragged him into a car outside a chicken shop at 6am on 2 March 2014 in Rushholme, Manchester.

Abdi had been involved in a separate attack in August, during which he slashed a man’s arm with a bottle at a bakery in front of staff and customers.

 

Abdi’s lawyer, David Temkin, told Manchester Crown Court  that there was “another side” to his client, and said it was a “great shame” to see him facing jail after enjoying the “privileged’ nine week experience of filming in Morocco after being cast in the Hollywood blockbuster.

“It's a whisker between behaviour of this sort and death,” the judge, who admitted to being a fan of the film, said during sentencing. “But you were completely unmindful of that.”

He sentenced the actor to two-and-a-half years imprisonment for the crime, which he branded “deplorable”.

Mohammed Omar Ali, 33, and Hamid Hassan, 27, pleaded guilty to GBH and were each sentenced to two years.