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'Wrong place, wrong time': Murder victim's family appeal for help - with VIDEO

By Jamie Brassington | Dudley | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

"He was in the wrong place at the wrong time." Those are the stark words of a murder victim's brother-in-law - as a public appeal was launched to catch the remaining culprits in the case.

Mohammed Azam talks about his brother-in-law Yasir Hussain, a 34-year-old father-of-four, who was murdered outside a takeaway in Dudley on 4 December last year

At least six suspects are still on the run in a live murder investigation - after a father-of-four was stabbed to death in Lower Gornal.

Yasir Hussain, 34, was stabbed to death outside a Chinese takeaway in Lower Gornal as part of a family feud.

But the intended target was Yasir's cousin, Morrad Hussain, who escaped on foot during the savage attack on December 4, 2018.

Watch the family's appeal:

Yasir Hussain's family in appeal for information

CCTV footage captured seven men, armed with blades and metal bars, exiting a van which had rammed a car containing Yasir and his cousin, Morrad Hussain, outside the takeaway in Central Drive.

Yasir, from Burnley, was visiting family members in Dudley at the time. He died at the scene after he was stabbed multiple times in the back.

Watch new CCTV released as part of the appeal:

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A year has now passed since the brutal killing and Yasir's family, alongside West Midlands Police, are appealing for more information. Six people still need to be brought to justice.

Yasir's brother-in-law Mohammed Azam, 39, from Burnley, said: "Yasir had come to visit family members when he was in Dudley.

Yasir Huassain, inset, was fatally knifed outside a row of shops in Lower Gornal, Dudley

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"We did not know about the feud going on between certain family members. We wasn't aware of the situation - otherwise he wouldn't have been down here.

"If we knew anything of this kind, we would have protected him. There is no point being amongst something you don't know about.

"Everything came to our knowledge after incident happened. He was just at the wrong place at the wrong time."

Sentenced

One man has already been convicted and sentenced for murder. That is 21-year-old Nabeel Choudhary.

West Midlands Police say seven people armed with blades and metal bars took part in the attack. One of those was Choudhary - meaning six other attackers are still on the run.

It was said in Choudhary's trial that Yasir had accompanied his cousin on a delivery that fateful day, as he had been told there was a threat.

Yasir and his cousin were rammed by a van outside the takeaway before the attackers pounced and Morrad and Yasir tried to flee.

The scene of the killing

While Morrad escaped on foot, Yasir was caught by the attackers and was stabbed in the back multiple times.

Morrad was able to alert emergency services but Yasir tragically died at the scene.

Paying tribute to him, Mohammed said: "He was a soft head, a big lad. He was good at heart and like a teddy bear. It was so unfortunate he was in the wrong place.

"He was one of them that would make anyone smile."

'His children deserve justice'

He added: "I have got a message for anyone out there - a humble request from family members and myself - if they have any information to come forward anonymously or if they want to walk in to a station.

"Just bring the ones that have done this and committed this crime to justice. His family members, myself, and especially his children, they deserve justice.

"His youngest child was so close to his father. He picks up his phone to FaceTime his father and realises he is not here. And he has to put the phone down. How do you comfort a small child in that way?

"It was very tough for us. More than anything, for the community down here, it could be anyone else's child. Someone else's family could be suffering the same way we are suffering."

No boundaries in the investigation, say police

Detective Inspector Jim Colclough said the search for suspects is not limited to Dudley and there are no boundaries in the investigation.

Twelve months on from the brutal killing, West Midlands Police has issued a fresh appeal for new information.

DI Colclough welcomed any information which can help police "piece together the jigsaw" surrounding the murder. The force has released new CCTV as part of the appeal.

He said: "As was heard during the trial, this was a feud that had not just started that evening.

Mohammed Azam and DI Jim Colclough

"It was feud that was going on for a significant period in time in the Dudley area between groups.

"And I would ask that if anyone has any information in relation to that feud - and there had been other incidents that were reported on in the court; that had taken place in the earlier parts of the year, when a number of individuals had been part of incidents of disorder, damage or assaults - they were discussed quite widely within the court.

"People of knowledge of that feud, if they have information that they think could lead to us identifying people in this incident, however small that information they feel it may be, if they could please pass it on to us.

DI Jim Colclough

"It maybe a part of the jigsaw we are missing to help us identify those other people responsible."

West Midlands Police is launching new CCTV evidence in a bid to catch the other suspects.

He added: "The investigation is still live.

Weapons

"The CCTV that we are releasing clearly shows there are several persons who were involved in that incident.

"They can all be seen carrying weapons, running away from the scene.

"The appeal is very much to members of the public who were present - but also may know of loved ones or other people who may have been one of those people who were seen running away - to come forward either directly to the police or anonymously to give us that information and push the investigation on.

"From day one, the aim has been to get justice for Yasir's family. We are only part way through getting that. There are a number of people who are outstanding that need to be identified and need to go through that same process."

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org

Jamie Brassington

By Jamie Brassington
Senior Multi-Media Journalist - @JamieB_Star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star. Contact me at jamie.brassington@expressandstar.co.uk.

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