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Seven men are found guilty of the murder of law student Aya Hachem

Seven men are found guilty of the murder of law student Aya Hachem, 19, who was gunned down as she shopped for groceries in botched drive-by execution

  • Aya Hachem was shot in the chest by a gunman in Blackburn on May 17 last year
  • It was previously heard that the shooting was the result of a long-running feud
  • The 19-year-old was described as being ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’ 

Seven men have been found guilty of the murder of law student Aya Hachem who was gunned down as she shopped 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 long-running feud between the owners of two rival tyre 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, of Stretford, Anthony Ennis, 31, of Partington, Uthman Satia, 29, of Great Harwood, have been found guilty of murdering the teenager.

Judy Chapman, 26, of Great Harwood, was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter.

All seven men were also convicted of the attempted murder of Pachah Khan who had been the intended target of the hit. 

Chapman was acquitted of the attempted murder of Mr Khan. 

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

Seven people have been found guilty of the murder of law student Aya Hachem (left and right) who was gunned down as she shopped for groceries in botched drive-by execution 

It was said that the shooting was the culmination of a long-running dispute between Suleman, the owner of RI Tyres, and Mr Khan, the owner of Quickshine Tyres, after the latter began to sell tyres having previously only washed cars.  

Suleman is believed to have hired hitman Zamir Raja to shoot Mr Khan or someone else at Quickshine Tyres – only for a bullet to hit Aya instead as she walked along King Street. 

She died from her injuries a short time later having suffered an ‘irreversible’ cardiac arrest.

It was said that the shooting was the culmination of a long-running dispute between Suleman, the owner of RI Tyres, and Khan, the owner of Quickshine Tyres, after the latter began to sell tyres having previously only washed cars. Pictured: Police at the scene previously

It was said that the shooting was the culmination of a long-running dispute between Suleman, the owner of RI Tyres, and Khan, the owner of Quickshine Tyres, after the latter began to sell tyres having previously only washed cars. Pictured: Police at the scene previously 

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