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Murder trial told of Leeds street attack after disagreement over repaying loan

Lincoln Green Road following the attack.

Lincoln Green Road following the attack.

  • by Tony Gardner
 

A MAN bled to death after being a stabbed in the heart by a rival during a street attack, a murder trial heard.

A court heard Sarhang Muhammed, 28, died following the attack in the early hours of the morning outside a supermarket in the Lincoln Green area of the city on January 11 this year.

Bakhtiyar Omar is on trial at Leeds Crown Court where he pleads not guilty to murder.

A court heard Omar and Mr Muhammed had been involved in a disagreement with other in the hours leading up to the incident.

Simon Waley, prosecuting, said the attack happened on the pavement outside Freshways supermarket at the junction of Lindsey Road and Lincoln Green Road.

Earlier in the evening Omar had been to visit two friends at their flat at Ferriby Towers, Harehills, and had been drinking whisky.

While he was there Mr Muhammed, known to his friends as Sero, also visited to the flat and insults were exchanged between the two men.

Mr Waley said the background to the disagreement appeared to have been over a loan Omar had previously given to Mr Muhammed, which he had been slow to pay back.

The prosecutor said: “The defendant as a consequence gave him a hard time and this resulted in ill feeling between the two of them.”

Mr Muhammed left the flat but the two men continued to exchange insults via texts and mobile phone calls.

The prosecution claims Omar armed himself with a knife from the kitchen of the flat before going to the area where the incident took place.

The court was shown footage of the two men approaching the area shortly before the incident.

Mr Waley said emergency services were called after Mr Muhammed was found lying on the pavement. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Leeds General Infirmary.

The court Omar, of Nowell Place, Harehills, caught a bus to the Huddersfield hours later that morning but was arrested the same day.

His clothing was examined and was found to contain Mr Muhammed’s DNA.

Mr Waley said Omar refused to comment after his arrest and it was likely to be an issue as to who inflicted the injuries to Mr Muhammed.

He said: “The prosecution say that you can be sure that it was this defendant.”

“What the prosecution say here is that the circumstantial evidence is extremely strong.”

He added: “We know that in the hours and minutes leading up to this incident there was an argument between these two men and we clearly have a motive for what was to follow.”

 
 
 

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