The family of a man murdered in Dudley have bravely spoken of their pain a year on since his death, as they appealed for help in tracing those involved in his killing.
Yasir Hussain was fatally stabbed during a disorder which involved a number of people, outside a takeaway in the borough on 4 December last year. The 34-year-old, from Burnley, was married with four young children.
Nabeel Choudhary was convicted of his murder following a three-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court on 30 October. He was sentenced to serve a minimum of 26 years in prison. A 24-year-old man also on trial was cleared of murder.
His sister, Yasmin Akhtar has asked for help from the community to find the other people responsible for her brother’s death. She said:
“As a family, we are still broken and destroyed by Yasir’s death. It was unnecessary and cruel. Yasir was a kind and gentle man.
"He was married to Tanveer and they have four beautiful children together. She has lost her husband and best friend, the children have lost their loving father."
Detectives know a number of other people were involved in the disorder that broke out on Central Drive, Lower Gornal. They have released CCTV of a number of men seen wielding machetes and weapons in the street. Yasmin added:
“No sentence that is passed will ever change things and bring Yasir back, we know that. Only those involved know what happened that night and they have to live knowing what it has done to our close and loving family.
“We still need to know what happened and more importantly, why, and for those other people involved to be brought to justice for the pain and suffering they’ve caused our family."
Chief Superintendent Sally Bourner, responsible for policing in Dudley, added:
“This is a tragic loss of life of a young family man, which has left four children to grow up without their father. I offer my sincere condolences to Mr Hussain’s family who have been extremely courageous speaking out today. I thank them for their bravery on what is a very emotional day for them.
“We know there was an ongoing feud at the time and we do not believe Yasir was the intended target. The levels of violence used on our streets was shocking and unacceptable.
"We need to find those responsible and bring them to justice - we need your help to do this - so please do the right thing and tell us what you know."
Anyone with information has been asked to get in touch via Live Chat, at west-midlands.police.uk, via 101, or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.