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Drug dealer convicted of murder in Birmingham

By Dayna Farrington | Birmingham | Crime | Published:

A drug dealer who stabbed a father-of-four and left him to die has been convicted of murder – after police found the two Rambo-style knives used in a brutal attack hidden at his home.

Haseeb Mirza was convicted of murder after a three-week trial

Malik Hussain was fatally stabbed and dumped in a street, after a row erupted when he and a friend got into a car with Haseeb Mirza and another man, outside a nightclub in Digbeth.

As they were driving to Sparkbrook, a dispute broke out in the car – which resulted in Mirza, 26, and the other man stabbing their passenger several times in the chest.

Mr Hussain was dragged from the car in Baker Street by the two men and in a final vicious act, Mirza stamped on the 35-year-old father-of-four as he lay dying in the road.

Victim Malik Hussain was stabbed

While passers-by, police officers and medics tried to save Mr Hussain – Mirza drove back home to Small Heath, where he took a taxi back past the nightclub and on to the scene of the killing, before heading to a drive-thru and ordering food.

Within hours Mirza tried to flee the country, but detectives tracked him to a Travelodge in Yardley. When he was arrested, cocaine and cannabis with a street value of £1,000 was found stashed under a mattress in his room.

And during a search of his home in St Benedicts Road, two Rambo-style knives were found.

Mirza denied killing him, but following a three-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court, he was convicted of murder on Wednesday(12). He will be sentenced on Thursday(13).

Less than 24 hours after the killing, the second offender fled the country. He is still wanted by police for questioning.

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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