After a law student was killed in a drive-by shooting, seven individuals were sentenced to life in prison.
For the murder of 19-year-old student Aya Hachem, seven men have been sentenced to a total of 216 years in jail.
On May 17, 2020, the student was shot in the chest during a botched drive-by shooting in Blackburn, Lancashire. Feroz Suleman, 40, the owner of a tyre company, allegedly planned a hit on a rival businessman, but the gunman he hired unintentionally shot Ms Hachem instead. The court heard the case of eight people, seven of whom were found guilty of the student’s murder.
The seven men were convicted guilty of murder by a jury yesterday and were sentenced to 216 years in prison by the court earlier this afternoon.
Ms Hachem was “in the wrong place at the wrong time,” according to the court, since she arrived in the middle of a fight between Mr Suleman, the owner of RI Tyres, and Pachah Khan, the owner of Quickshine Tyres.
Mr Suleman was standing outside his tyre company, giving him a “ringside seat” to the shooting, according to CCTV evidence.
However, hitman Zamir Raja, 33, a passenger in a Toyota Avensis driven by Anthony Ennis, 31, shot the 19-year-old student at the wrong location.
The automobile rushed by Quickshine Tyres four times, with one gunshot hitting the store’s front glass and another killing Ms Hachem.
“They didn’t just kill Aya, they killed our family,” Ismail added in a statement presented to the court. Our lives have lost their light.”
In the public gallery, he was joined by her mother Samar and brother Ibrahim.
Mr Suleman, of Blackburn, was found guilty of murder and attempted murder of Mr Khan by a jury in less than four hours on Tuesday.
Mr Raja of Stretford and Mr Ennis of Partington, both of Greater Manchester, were also found guilty of murder and attempted murder.
Four additional conspirators were found guilty of the two offenses as well.
Kashif Manzoor, 26, of Blackburn, Ayaz Hussain, 35, of Blackburn, Abubakr Satia, 32, of Blackburn, and his brother Uthman Satia, 29, of Blackburn were among those killed.
Mr Raja was sentenced to a minimum of 34 years in prison, Mr Suleman to 34 years in prison, Mr Hussain to 32 years in prison, Abubakr Satia to 28 years in prison, Uthman Satia to 28 years in prison, Mr Manzoor to 27 years in prison, and Mr Ennis to 33 years in prison.
Judy Chapman, 26, of Great Harwood, was found not guilty of “Brinkwire Summary News.”