Andrew Bayliss found guilty of murdering a taxi driver

06/04/2011

Andrew Bayliss, aged 29, was today found guilty of the murder of Muhammed Arshad, a self employed taxi driver who was stabbed to death in his taxi on the Birmingham and Worcestershire border in July 2009.

Andrew Bayliss, aged 29, was today found guilty of the murder of Muhammed Arshad, a self employed taxi driver who was stabbed to death in his taxi on the Birmingham and Worcestershire border in July 2009. 

David Elliott, District Crown Prosecutor for West Mercia Crown Prosecution Service, said: "It has taken us nearly two years to bring this prosecution to this juncture, but today I am pleased that the jury have seen through the web of lies that Andrew Bayliss created and have convicted him today of murder.

"Bayliss' callous act resulted in a hard working family man dead and it led to a purist of a murderer who tried everything he could to avoid arrest and prosecution.    

"I would like to thank the police forces of West Mercia and West Midlands with whom we have worked very closely throughout this prosecution, and for their dedication and support, as well as the media for assisting us in bringing Andrew Bayliss to justice. 

"Most of all I would like to pay tribute to the family of Muhammed Arshad who have had to deal with not only the consequences of this dreadful crime, but who have also had to listen to the circumstances of the moments leading to his death being detailed again in court due to Bayliss' entering a not guilty plea.

"I hope that the guilty verdict in some way brings sense of closure for the Arshad family."