Seven men are convicted of the murder of 19-year-old law student Aya Hachem, who was shot while shopping for groceries in a botched drive-by execution
- Aya Hachem was shot in the chest by an armed man in Blackburn on May 17 last year
- It was previously heard that the shootout was the result of a long-running feud
- The 19-year-old has been described as “in the wrong place at the wrong time”.
Seven men were convicted of the murder of law student Aya Hachem, who was shot while shopping for groceries in a botched drive-by execution.
The 19-year-old was shot in the chest by a gunman in a passing car near her home in Blackburn, Lancashire, on May 17 last year.
It was previously heard that the shooting was the result of a longstanding feud between the owners of two rival tire companies and that Ms. Hachem was “in the wrong place at the wrong time”.
Feroz Suleman, 40, Kashif Manzoor, 26, Ayaz Hussain, 35, Abubakr Satia, 32, all from Blackburn, Zamir Raja, 33, from Stretford, Anthony Ennis, 31, from Partington, Uthman Satia, 29, from Great Harwood found guilty of murdering the teenager.
Judy Chapman, 26, of Great Harwood, was acquitted of murder but found guilty of manslaughter.
All seven men were also convicted of the attempted murder of Pachah Khan, who was the target of the attack.
Seven people were found guilty of the murder of law student Aya Hachem (left and right), who was gunned down while shopping for groceries in a botched drive-by execution
Prosecutors initially alleged the shooting was the culmination of a longstanding dispute between Suleman, the owner of RI Tires, and Khan, the owner of Quickshine Tires, after he started selling tires after just washing cars.
Suleman reportedly hired hit man Zamir Raja to shoot Mr. Khan or someone else at Quickshine Tires – only to get Aya instead of a bullet while walking down King Street.
She died a short time later from her injuries after suffering “irreversible” cardiac arrest.