Father-of-four hacked to death by 'seven or eight lads' in a case of 'mistaken identity'
Yassir Alam from Nelson, Lancashire, was in Dudley when a van suddenly rammed into the takeaway window before the attackers jumped out, chased him, and hacked him to death
A father-of-four was murdered by a group of "seven or eight lads" brandishing machetes outside a Chinese takeaway in the West Midlands in a brutal case of "mistaken identity". The 34-year-old victim, Yassir Alam from Nelson, Lancashire, was with a male cousin of his visiting family members in Dudley when a van suddenly rammed into the takeaway window before the attackers jumped out, chased him, and hacked him to death.
The Costcutter store owner was stabbed in the back three times as he was trying to run away and was pronounced dead at the scene at around 10 pm on December 4. The men reportedly jumped out of the van with weapons that included the machete which killed Yassir, The Daily Mail reported.
The family is calling the tragedy a case of mistaken identity. Sultan Alam, his brother, posted on Facebook: "On Tuesday the 4th of December 2018 my brother was stabbed with a machete by seven or eight lads in Dudley on Central Drive."
"All our family traveled 120 miles to see my brother's dead body and I've never seen a dead body in my life, but today I did and it was my brother's. His kids are FaceTiming their dad every day, its heartbreaking. My mum is in a real state we can't get her to come around. He was such a caring loving person even if he was being hit he wouldn't fight back. We lost a dad, a son, a brother."
Sultan also spoke about the gutwrenching moment the family raced to the Coventry Hospital not knowing if Yassir was alive. They were told that he had been pronounced dead at the scene when they reached the hospital.
He said: "We traveled to Coventry hospital and got there at 2 am on Wednesday morning only to be told he was pronounced dead at the scene at 10 pm on Tuesday and they wouldn't let us see his body. He died on his own. He would have been scared and terrified."
Authorities confirmed that they have arrested four men aged 20, 32, 36, and 41 on suspicion of murder. They have also arrested a 21-year-old woman on suspicion of assisting an offender but she was released awaiting further investigation.
One of the men, 20-year-old Nabeel Choudhary, has now been charged with murder in connection to the incident. He has also been charged with possession of an imitation firearm with criminal intent. He is scheduled to appear at the Walsall Magistrates' Court on December 8.
Yassir left behind a widow and four children: 13-year-old Adil, 11-year-old Malaika, eight-year-old Azaan, and four-year-old Hazan.