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Man blasts passers-by who took photos of stricken attack victim

2014-09-26 20:40:37

Imran Rafiq
Imran Rafiq, who attended the scene to give first aid until paramedics arrived to help hammer attack victim Samera Suleman

A hero shop worker has told how sick passers-by took pictures of a woman left lying in a pool of blood following a vicious hammer attack by an obsessed Poundland colleague.

Imran Rafiq rushed to the aid of Samera Suleman, 32, after she was battered around the head by crazed Zeeyarat Khan, 27, outside the store in Small Heath.

As the attacker fled the scene Mr Rafiq worked to save the victim while he waited for paramedics to arrive - but passers-by took pictures on phones.

Khan, of no fixed address, was jailed for 18 years at Birmingham Crown Court this week after admitting the attempted murder of his former Poundland colleague.

Mr Imran, 31, was working at neighbouring shop B&M Bargains as a customer services supervisor when he heard the commotion.

"I heard what was happening and I ran downstairs as I have first aid training," he said.

"A large crowd had gathered around her. I told people to give her some space.

"People were taking photos of her which I thought was quite disgusting.

Zeeyarat Khan
Zeeyarat Khan (pictured) attacked Samera Suleman outside Poundland’s St Andrews Retail Park branch in Small Heath

"There was blood all over the floor, and I went and got the first aid kit from the shop. She was really dazed and slipping in and out of consciousness.

"She told me her arm was going numb, so I told her to keep moving her fingers. I just kept talking to her, and tried to control the bleeding.

"The worst thing was she kept saying 'my son, my son'.

"Waiting for the paramedics wasn't long, but it seemed like forever at the time."

Thug Khan had launched the attack on Ms Suleman in front of horrified shoppers, after she had spurned his advances. He grabbed a hammer from the shop aisle as the victim arrived to quit her job - unable to deal with his repeated threats to kill her.

The single mum was left with a brain injury after the horrific ordeal and is still receiving counselling.

"I think it is disgusting what he did. No one deserves to be treated like that," added Mr Imran, from Wednesbury.

"There were children around, and he did it in front of them. It was scary, and a lot of the staff were very shaken up.

"I didn't have time to panic. But having training and dealing with the real thing is very different."

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