An alleged cult member jailed after a serious assault in a Rickmansworth restaurant has lost his bid to win early release.

Mohammed Kashefi, formerly of Tower Hill, Chipperfield, was jailed for his involvement in the attack, at the Blue Fire restaurant, in Moneyhill Parade.

Kashefi, led by fellow detainee and ‘cult leader’ Mehdi Zand, failed this week in his bid to convince a parole board of his suitability for early release.

The pair were jailed in September, alongside assault leader and fellow World of Yard member Francesco Zand, who received a seven year sentence.