A 21-year-old has been found guilty of the murder of a father-of-four who was said to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Nabeel Choudhary of Hope Street, West Bromwich, was also on Wednesday found guilty of attempting to cause bodily harm and danger.
Yasir Hussain was stabbed to death by a gang of armed men and according to police, he was a “complete innocent” who was caught up in a long-running feud between two families. The reason why there was such bitter hatred between the families was yet unclear.
Hussain, from Nelson near Burnley, was stabbed in the back multiple times and bled to death.
Most of the other members of the gang are still at large.
The gang’s target was Hussain’s cousin Morrad, who fled the scene during the gang attack.
Detective inspector Jim Colclough said: “Morrad Hussain is the person that Choudhary would identify as being someone that they’d had previous grievances with. Unfortunately for Yasir Hussain, he was in Morrad’s car at that time.”
DI Colclough added: “We have CCTV evidence that shows that there were about seven people that jumped out of that van, who were armed with weapons. And we haven’t arrested all of those individuals.
“It’s really important to stress that while we are very happy with the verdict today the investigation is still ongoing.
“Given the fact that Yasir died in an area unfamiliar to him or his devastated immediate family, I have no doubt that has made the whole event even more harrowing for them.
“We appeal to members of the public that if they have any information in relation to this case, that they contact us. We’re trying to identify those persons and hopefully they can be arrested and we can bring them to justice.