Six people accused of murdering 19-year-old law student Aya Hachem in Blackburn appear in court
- Six people charged with murder of law student Aya Hachem in Blackburn, Lancs
- The 19-year-old innocent passer-by was gunned down near her home in the town
- Five men and a woman have been charged with murder and attempted murder
- They appeared at Preston Crown Court yesterday and a provisional trial date set
Aya Hachem the 19-year-old law student who was shot dead in the street in Blackburn on May 17
Pictured are the six people accused of the murder of a teenage law student who was shot dead in a street while on a shopping trip.
Innocent passer-by Aya Hachem, 19, was gunned down near her home in Blackburn, Lancashire on May 17.
The first of two shots fired from a passing vehicle hit a building, but the second fatally struck the teenager in the chest.
Six people charged with her murder appeared at Preston Crown Court on Wednesday via prison videolink.
Blackburn residents Feroz Suleman, 39, of Shear Brow; 24-year-old Kashif Manzoor, of Shakeshaft Street; Ayaz Hussain, 34, of Calgary Avenue; Uthman Satia, 28, and Abubakir Satia, 31, both of Oxford Close; and Judy Chapman, 26, of St Hubert’s Road in Great Harwood, are all charged with the murder of Ms Hachem.
The six are also charged with the attempted murder of their alleged intended target, Pachah Khan.
Kashif Manzoor (pictured left), 24, of Shakeshaft Street, Blackburn and Feroz Suleman (pictured right), 39, of Shear Brow, Blackburn
Abubakir Satia (pictured left), 31, of Oxford Close, Blackburn and Uthman Satia (pictured right), 28, also of Oxford Close, Blackburn
Judy Chapman (pictured left), 26, of St Hubert’s Road in Great Harwood and Ayaz Hussain, 34, of Calgary Avenue, Blackburn
During the hearing, Alexander Langhorn, prosecuting, said police were called to the shooting arising out of what appeared to be a dispute between RI Tyres and Quick Shine.
He said it was the Crown’s case that the defendants arranged the attempt to shoot and kill Mr Khan, the manager of Quick Shine.
The six murder accused will be expected to enter pleas at a further hearing on October 16.
A provisional trial date of May 4 next year was fixed, but Judge Mark Brown, Honorary Recorder of Preston, said that was ‘a worst-case scenario’ amid the pandemic and he hoped it may be brought forward.
All six were further remanded in custody following their appearance at court yesterday.
Lebanese-born Miss Hachem, a second year student at the University of Salford, died in hospital from the single gunshot wound a short time after emergency services were called to the scene in King Street at about 3pm.
Her distraught parents said she was the ‘most loyal devoted daughter’ who enjoyed spending time with her family and dreamed of becoming a solicitor.