#AceNewsReport – Aug.06: Aya Hachem, 19, was “in the wrong place at the wrong time” when she was killed in the botched drive-by shooting in Blackburn on 17 May last year……
#AceDailyNews: Aya Hachem Trial: Seven men guilty of student’s drive-by shooting murder have been jailed for student’s drive-by murder the tyre firm boss Feroz Suleman, 40, had arranged the execution of a rival businessman but the gunman he hired shot dead Ms Hachem instead and he was jailed at Preston Crown Court for life with a minimum of 34 years…
The judge, Mr Justice Turner, told Suleman he was “the driving force behind the whole deadly enterprise from beginning to end and followed through this plan with obsessive determination”.
“When you were in prison you commented you were the captain of the ship and if you were to go down then everyone would go down with you. How right you were,” he said.
Ms Hachem was shot as she was walking to the supermarket to buy food for her family to eat when they broke their Ramadan fast.
The Salford University law student, who dreamed of becoming a solicitor, was fatally struck by the second of two bullets fired at 15:00 BST. And was caught up in a fatal feud
Gunman Zamir Raja, 33, who agreed to carrying out the shooting for £1,500, was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 34 years.
Accomplices Kashif Manzoor, 26, Ayaz Hussain, 36, Abubakr Satia, 32, Anthony Ennis, 31, and Uthman Satia, 29, were also jailed for life.
Family handoutAya Hachem was on her way to the shops to buy food for her family when she was shot dead
In a moving victim impact statement, Ms Hachem’s father Ismail said he had brought his family to the UK to “seek a better life” in 2011 after fleeing from violence in Lebanon.
He told the court his daughter was a “shining star in our lives and would always make us smile and happy even when times were bad”.
“Aya was determined to do well in life. I once told her she would be the prime minister,” he said.
“They didn’t just kill Aya they killed our whole family. The light in our lives has gone out, all of our hopes and dreams have gone.”
The feud between the two businesses started in early 2019 when Quickshine Tyres, which previously only washed cars, began selling tyres next door to RI Tyres.
The bitter dispute escalated and Suleman hatched a murderous plot to kill Pachah Khan, the proprietor of Quickshine, with the help of his accomplices.
The court heard how a Toyota Avensis driven by Ennis with hitman Raja on board drove past Quickshine on three occasions shortly before the fatal fourth journey.
Footage from CCTV cameras captured Suleman standing outside his premises with a “ringside seat” to the shooting.
Lancashire PoliceTop row L-R: Abubakr Satia, Anthony Ennis, Ayaz Hussain, Feroz Suleman. Bottom row L-R: Kashif Manzoor, Uthman Satia, Zamir Raja and Judy Chapman
Giving evidence at the 12-week trial, father-of-two Suleman, who was previously jailed in 2001 for causing the death of a 67-year-old man by dangerous driving, denied any knowledge of a plot to kill Mr Khan
However, Hussain told jurors that Suleman wanted Mr Khan “roughed up” and introduced him to Raja who suggested a drive-by with shots fired in the air to scare him.
Suleman was quoted a price of £1,500 and excitedly agreed straightaway, said Hussain, who also claimed there was no plan to kill Mr Khan.
On Tuesday, jurors took less than four hours to find the seven men guilty of murdering Ms Hachem and the attempted murder of Mr Khan.
Sentencing them, Mr Justice Turner said: “None of you seven showed any remorse in the aftermath of the shooting. Together you tried to lie, scheme and plot your way out of trouble.
“It was not long before you all started to sacrifice your co-defendants in an attempt to save your own skins.”
Judy Chapman, 26, of Great Harwood, who drove the gunman and driver from Bolton with her boyfriend Uthman Satia, was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter and will be sentenced on 1 October.
The men’s roles and their sentences: Suleman, of Blackburn, who instigated and organised the hit, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 34 yearsRaja, of Stretford, who was the gunman, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 34 yearsEnnis, of Partington, who drove the car carrying the gunman during the shooting, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 33 years. Hussain, of Blackburn, who played a key role in organising and orchestrating the shooting, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 32 yearsAbubakr Satia, of Blackburn, who sourced the car used in the shooting, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 28 yearsUthman Satia, of Great Harwood, who was responsible for transporting the gunman and driver, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 28 years……..Manzoor of Blackburn, who was responsible for ensuring the car was running on the day, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 27 years
#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Aug.06: 2021:
Editor says …Sterling Publishing & Media Service Agency is not responsible for the content of external site or from any reports, posts or links, and can also be found here on Telegram: https://t.me/acenewsdaily all of our posts fromTwitter can be found here: https://acetwitternews.wordpress.com/ and all wordpress and live posts and links here: https://acenewsroom.wordpress.com/and thanks for following as always appreciate every like, reblog or retweet and free help and guidance tips on your PC software or need help & guidance from our experts AcePCHelp.WordPress.Com