DETECTIVES investigating the murder of Aya Hachem in Blackburn have now charged five people.
Earlier today (Friday, May 22nd) Feroz Suleman, 39, of Shear Brow, Blackburn and Abubakir Satia, 31, of Oxford Close, Blackburn were charged with murder and attempted murder.
This evening Uthman Satia, 28, of Oxford Close, Blackburn; Judy Chapman, 26, of St Hubert’s Road, Great Harwood and Kashif Manzoor, 24, of Shakeshaft Street, Blackburn have also all been charged with murder and attempted murder. The charges follow consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service.
The murder charge relates to Aya Hachem and the attempted murder charge to the man police believe was the intended target. Two shots were fired in the incident. The first hit a building and the second sadly hit and killed Aya.
All those charged are due to appear before magistrates in Preston tomorrow (Saturday, May 23rd)
Two men aged 33 and 36 from Blackburn arrested on Monday (May 18th) on suspicion of murder and attempted murder have been released on bail pending further enquiries.
A 35-year-old man from Blackburn arrested on suspicion of murder on Tuesday, May 19th has been released under investigation. A 29-year-old man from Blackburn who was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of assisting an offender has also been released under investigation.
Also released under investigation are a 19-year-old woman from Blackburn who was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of assisting an offender and a 29-year-old woman from Blackburn arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of Conspiracy to Murder.
A man aged 39 from Blackburn arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of murder and attempted murder and a man aged 34 from Blackburn arrested on Thursday (May 21st) on suspicion of murder and attempted murder remain in custody.
A 22-year-old man from Blackburn arrested earlier today (Friday, May 22nd) on suspicion of murder and attempted murder has been released without charge.
Detective Supt Andy Cribbin, of the Force Major Investigation Team, said: “While we have now charged a number of people in connection with Aya’s murder our enquiries are very much on-going.
“I would like to thank all those who have come forward to assist with our investigation so far and to continue to encourage people to come and speak to us if they have information.”
Any information or video footage can be sent in to us via the Major Incident Public Portal at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/0401020120E05-PO1 Anybody with any other information is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log number 0412 of May 18th, or anonymously via independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.