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Takeaway driver lured to death was unlawfully killed

2014-09-22 19:10:07

Yasar Abbas
Murdered takeaway driver Yasar Abbas

A takeaway driver was killed with an axe or meat cleaver after being deliberately lured to his death in the Black Country, police have said.

Yasar Abbas, 28, was delivering what turned out to be a bogus order for a Chinese Takeaway when he was ambushed by masked men in Madison Avenue, Alumwell, last April.

The father-of-two, of Raleigh Street, Birchills, died four days later from serious head injuries at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Nine people were arrested but were later released without charge.

Despite the Crimestoppers charity pledging a £10,000 reward leading to the conviction of his killer, police are no closer to solving the crime.

An inquest heard that the fatal wounds were inflicted with a bladed weapon, possibly an axe or meat cleaver.

Detective Inspector Gary Plant, who is leading the investigation, said an argument had taken place a few months earlier involving two groups of people - one of which involved the deceased.

He said matters escalated following a disagreement with a pair of 15-year-old boys in Pargeter Street, in Walsall.

Det Insp Plant said: "This wasn’t a random attack. I believe this to be a premeditated attack which was planned and organised to lure Mr Abbas to Madison Avenue to facilitate the attack."

Yasar Abbas
The family of murdered Yasar Abbas appeal for his killer to be caught

Two other men who were in Mr Abbas’s Silver Vectra at the time of the murder received 'superficial wounds', the inquest heard.

The victim had worked for the Moon Palace Takeaway from Friday to Sunday before returning to Blackburn to join his wife Shabnam Bi, who was pregnant with their second child when he was murdered.

She said in an appeal made a year after his death: "Everyone talks about how quick a year has gone by since my husband's death but for me and our children this year has gone by so slowly and painfully. I just wish we could get some peace of mind by knowing his murderers are locked up.

"It has been so awful for me and our two children and the worst thing is that our four-year-old to this day doesn't know his father has passed away as he is too young to understand how people can be so evil and take someone’s life like that."

Zafar Siddique, assistant Black Country Coroner, said: "My conclusion is that this was a premeditated attack with weapons to inflict serious injuries. This was one of unlawful killing. Mr Abbas was targeted and killed with a weapon.

"This was a brazen and bold attack designed to inflict serious bodily harm."

After the hearing, Det Insp Plant said: "The investigation is still ongoing, We rely on members of the public to come forward. It has been some time since the event took place but somebody has got information."

Yasar Abbas
The children of driver Yasar Abbas

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