Man jailed for more than 16 years following Haslingden murder

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

A man has been jailed after stabbing another man to death in Haslingden.


Shahid Hussain, 38, of no fixed address, was sentenced today (October 30th) at Preston Crown Court after pleading guilty to the murder of Michael Dale, 46, at Mr Dale’s home address on Charles Lane.


Hussain attended the address at around 12.40am on May 2nd this year looking to obtain drugs, and while at the address it is believed he and Mr Dale had a disagreement. During the course of this Hussain stabbed Mr Dale five times to the back and chest before making off from the address.


CCTV taken from nearby shows Hussain was inside the address for less than two minutes.


Mr Dale’s body was discovered at around 1am. Paramedics attended but sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene.


On October 28th Hussain appeared at Preston Crown Court, where he pleaded guilty to murder. Today he was sentenced to 16 years and eight weeks in jail.


DCI Gareth Willis, of the Force Major Investigation Team, said: “We are pleased Shahid Hussain has finally accepted responsibility for murdering Michael Dale.


“From his initial arrest, right through to the day his trial was due to start, he has protested his innocence and put forward a concoction of lies in an effort to evade justice.


“I want to express my gratitude to the prosecution team who have worked tirelessly to disprove those lies over many months. This left him with no alternative other than to plead guilty.


“Our thoughts are very much with Mr Dale’s family and friends, who have remained extremely dignified throughout. We hope this verdict, and the fact Hussain is now facing a long time in prison, provides them with some closure and they are able to start moving forward with their lives.”


In a statement following today’s sentencing hearing, the family of Mr Dale said: “As a family we welcome today’s guilty plea and sentence.


“We will never get over losing Michael and we all miss him dearly. Michael was funny, caring, thoughtful and a true gentleman. He was a fabulous father and his children now have to grow up without him in their lives, although he will always be in our thoughts and hearts.


“We would like to thank the police for all their hard work which has ultimately led to the guilty plea today, and for all the support they have provided to us as a family.”



Pictured below: Mr Dale and Hussain

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