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Brothers erased from GOC register following attack that left victim with scarred retina

Student dispensing opticians, Taseer and Shamir Kazi, have been erased from the GOC register after they were jailed for grievous bodily harm

Leicester-based student dispensing optician, Shamir Kazi (General Optical Council registration number SD-8131) and Staffordshire-based student dispensing optician, Taseer Kazi (GOC registration number SD-7131), have been erased from the GOC register in separate fitness to practise decisions.

Shamir Kazi is serving a nine-year prison sentence while his brother, Taseer Kazi, is serving an 11-year prison term.

The pair were convicted of grievous bodily harm at Leicester Crown Court in February 2019 after an attack in 2016, alongside a third brother, Taqueer Kazi.

Taseer Kazi also received convictions for possession of a bladed article, an offensive weapon and illegal drugs.

In a GOC fitness to practise committee decision for Taseer Kazi, the regulator noted that the victim of the attack suffered a serious injury which has affected his eyesight.

“The sentencing remarks of HHJ Mooncey record that Person B has a scarred retina, has limited vision in one eye and that ‘His life chances have disappeared completely’,” the decision stated.

Both Shamir Kazi and Taseer Kazi received erasure orders from the optical regulator.

The GOC fitness to practise committee highlighted that Taseer Kazi’s conduct was incompatible with being a registered professional.

“He is unable to train in his present circumstances and cannot become a useful member of the profession,” the decision stated.

A separate fitness to practise decision for Shamir Kazi noted that he was clearly in breach of the key tenets of the profession.

“The committee concluded that in all the circumstances nothing less than erasure would be a sufficient or proportionate sanction, and nothing less than erasure would sufficiently serve to maintain confidence in the profession,” the decision highlighted.