Hope and Richards guilty of Aamir Siddiqi murder

01/02/2013

A jury at Swansea Crown Court has found Ben Hope and Jason Richards guilty of the murder of 17-year-old Aamir Siddiqi at his home in Roath, Cardiff in 2010. The two defendants were also convicted of the attempted murder of Aamir's parents.

Aamir Siddiqi was repeatedly stabbed by Hope and Richards after he answered the door to them on 11 April 2010. His parents were injured as they tried to intervene to protect their son.

The 20-week trial heard that the defendants were hitmen who had been paid to attack a man who lived nearby, but had gone to the wrong house.

Speaking after the verdict Catrin Evans, Head of Complex Casework Unit for the Crown Prosecution Service, Wales, said:

"Aamir's life was cruelly taken from him in a brutal knife attack committed by Jason Richards and Ben Hope. At the same time, they inflicted very serious injury on Aamir's parents, as they tried to protect their son.

"The prosecution team has worked very hard on what has been a lengthy and very complex case, founded on an exemplary investigation by South Wales Police.  The City of Cardiff has extensive CCTV coverage and there is no doubt that CCTV evidence, together with telephony and forensic evidence, has been a major factor in the successful prosecution of this case.

"I would like to thank everyone who has supported the prosecution case. Each statement and every piece of testimony has played its part in the conviction of these two dangerous and violent criminals.

"Whilst Aamir's assailants have been brought to justice, we are acutely aware that nothing can make up for the loss felt by those close to him. Aamir's family have shown remarkable dignity and fortitude throughout a lengthy criminal justice process and our thoughts remain with them."