thug has been jailed after a mob attacked a father-of-two just moments before he was stabbed to death in a Birmingham street.
Waseem Azram, 29, was one of up to ten people who carried out a “brutal” attack on Zakir Nawaz , 22, following a minor traffic accident.
The victim, who had recently become a father for the second time, died after a knife was plunged into him in Washwood Heath.
On Monday the prosecution at Birmingham Crown Court offered no evidence on a murder charge which Azram had denied. He admitted violent disorder.
Azram, of Ward End Close, Ward End , was jailed for two years after it was accepted CCTV footage showed he tried to prevent the knifeman from getting to Mr Nawaz.
The killer is still being hunted by police.
nesta Weekes QC, prosecuting, said: “On 10 September last year Zakir Nawaz, known locally as Rex, was brutally attacked by a group of males in the local area.
“This attack stopped to some degree. The deceased was followed by the group into Highfield Road and was fatally stabbed.
“The defendant was one of the group of men who attacked the deceased. We say he began the assault and others joined in.
“The deceased had moved in to the Stechford area with his partner.
“At the time he died his youngest baby was a few days old.”
The court heard Mr Nawaz had been in a hire car driven by a friend when it was involved in an accident with another vehicle, which had caused a scratch to the hire car.
He and two friends began looking for the vehicle which had caused the accident to get insurance details and found it in Gowan Street, Washwood Heath.
The victim then approached the occupants of the vehicle, who included Azram.
He got out and grabbed Mr Nawaz around the neck and began to punch the victim – and others joined in.
t one point Mr Nawaz fell to the ground, where he was kicked and stamped on. He managed to get to his feet and but was followed by eight to 10 people into Highfield Road.
Miss Weekes said Mr Nawaz received a “substantial beating” and his injuries included a fractured nose. She said; “There are ongoing enquiries as to who may and who may not have been identified by CCTV in relation to the violent disorder and the murder.” In passing sentience Judge Melbourne Inman QC told Azram: “It was a wholly mindless incident. It lasted for a few minutes in a suburban street in Birmingham and it culminated in a young man by the name of Zakir Nawaz being stabbed to death.
He has a grieving family and very young children.
“It was on any view a vicious and sustained attack. Mr Nawaz was repeatedly punched and kicked.”
Timothy Raggatt QC, defending, said: “He had made efforts to prevent the fatal attack and had done so in a positive way. The stress of facing trial for murder for six months can not be ignored.”