Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Gang 'killed dad in feud over assault'

A father was stabbed to death trying to protect his son from a gang pressing the lad to drop assault charges, a court heard yesterday.

Mohammed Raja Shafiq, 50, had gone to the rescue of 18-year-old Umar in a park.

His four attackers had weapons including a knife and a metal bar, Manchester crown court was told.

And as they fled the scene, one allegedly showed off the bloodstained knife and said: "I've just stabbed someone, aren't I a cool f****r?"

Mohammed Bilal Bhatti, 20, Omar Khalid, 19, Shahdab Akhtar, 19, and a 17-year-old who cannot be named deny murder and violent disorder.

Akhtar had been charged with assaulting Umar five months before the attack in Burnley and had "repeatedly pressed" him to drop the charges, the court heard.

He was the first to strike Mr Shafiq with a belt and Bhatti stabbed him in the stomach before bragging as they fled, the ongoing trial heard.

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