Organised crime and drug dealing form
backdrop to sadistic murder in Bradford

News report by Helen Gavaghan, 11th March 2020. Crown Court, Bradford.

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This afternoon Mr Justice Goss sentenced three men for the murder of Mohammed Feazan Ayaz (20). The attack preceding and resulting in the murder took place at Denholme Business Centre on the night of 30th June 2019 to 1st July 2019. The judge called the murder "truly horrific and shocking". His lordship outlined details which were degrading, cruel, painful and humiliating. The victim suffered for more than three hours before either becoming deeply unconscious or dying. His body was moved to Allerton in Bradford. The assault was filmed on a mobile phone by the perpetrators and partially distributed on social media.

Those convicted of the murder are Raheel Khan (27), given a 30-year minimum term; Robert Wainwright (26), sentenced to 25 years, and Suleman Khan (20), who will not be considered for parole until he has served 25 years. A press spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police, who was in Court, told Science People & Politics after the sentencing that there is another person of interest to WYP.

The premises where the murder took place were being used as a safe house and to supply drugs into Lancashire. Denholme is midway among Bradford, Halifax and Keighley. It is close to the Lancashire border, and Lancashire is accessible easily via moorland roads and tracks.

Posted online at 16.25 by Helen Gavaghan for inclusions in issue one 2020, Science, People & Politics


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