Four men and a boy have been convicted of their involvement in a large scale disturbance which resulted in the death of a Blackburn father of four.
Police were called at around 10.35pm on November 27th 2018 to reports of violent disorder on Rhyl Avenue, Blackburn.
Two men were seriously injured during the incident which involved weapons including an axe and machete. Officers attended and Sajed Choudry, 43, was found at the scene with a number of serious injuries.
Mr Choudry was taken to hospital for treatment but sadly died from his injuries on December 13th.
A post mortem examination established that he died as a result of his head injuries.
His son, Ahsan Choudry, 24, suffered a significant injury to his hand whilst trying to protect himself.
Following an eight week trial at Preston Crown Court, the five people have today (14 August) been found guilty of offences in relation to the incident.
- Sadaqat Ali (pictured top left), 36, of Rhyl Avenue, Blackburn, has been convicted of murder and attempted murder.
- Rafaqat Ali (pictured top right), 38, of Tenby Close, Blackburn, has been convicted of murder and section 18 wounding.
- Fazal Ilahi (pictured bottom left), 62, of Tenby Close, Blackburn, has been convicted of murder and section 18 wounding.
- A boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has been convicted of manslaughter and section 20 wounding.
- Syed Akbar (pictured bottom right), 44, of Cedar Street, Blackburn has been convicted of murder and section 18 wounding.
The four men are due to be sentenced at Preston Crown Court on Monday (19 August). The boy will be sentenced on Tuesday 17th September.
Two women, aged 34 and 35 from Blackburn charged with perverting the course of justice were cleared of the charges during the trial.
Chief Inspector Pauline Stables of Blackburn CID, said: “This violent attack was an escalation of an ongoing dispute between two groups. The defendants armed themselves with weapons and went out with the intention of causing serious harm that evening. Violence of any nature will not be tolerated in our communities and today’s result demonstrates that we will do everything in our power to bring those responsible to justice.
“Unfortunately Mr Choudry didn’t survive the attack and his family now have to come to terms with their tragic loss. No family should have to experience what they have and our thoughts remain with them at what continues to be an extremely distressing time.”
Sarah Gallagher, Senior Crown Prosecutor from CPS North West said: “The verdict today from the jury sends a clear message that no matter what your perceived grievances are, you cannot take matters into your own hands. “This incident and the extreme violence of Sajed Choudry’s death has had a disastrous impact on all those involved.
“Today’s result is a culmination of the efforts of nine months of meticulous team work between Lancashire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service. Our sincere condolences remain with Sajed Choudry’s family."