Khalid and Shafi found guilty of murder of much-loved Huddersfield shopkeeper

21/10/2010

Muawaz Khalid and Nabeel Shafi were today found guilty of the brutal murder of Gurmail Singh, a much-loved Huddersfield shopkeeper, the CPS announced today. Khalid and Umare Aslam were found guilty of robbery.

Shoaib Khan  was found not guilty of murder and robbery but had earlier pleaded guilty to assisting an offender.  Rehman Afzal and Shafi had pleaded guilty to robbery at an earlier hearing.

Heather Gilmore, Higher Court Advocate with CPS Yorkshire and Humberside and Junior Counsel in the case said:

"CPS West Yorkshire and West Yorkshire Police consulted closely during a fast-moving investigation and arrest phase and throughout this case to bring these defendants to justice.

"Mr Singh was a much loved husband and father and a highly respected member of the community; an utterly decent man whose brutal murder in February 2010 horrified not just local people, but also the wider public.

"These defendants robbed Mr Singh of his life. They also robbed his family of a much-loved husband, father and brother, and the community of a much liked and highly respected man.

"I would like to pay tribute to Mr Singh's family who have attended each day of the trial and displayed great dignity throughout.  We hope that these convictions bring a measure of comfort to Mr Singh's family and friends."

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Notes to Editors

  1. The DPP has published his long term vision for the prosecution service and its role within the wider criminal justice system. It includes modernising the service and increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of criminal justice - read "The Public Prosecution Service: Setting the Standard"
  2. The CPS consists of 42 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). These are organised into 14 Groups, plus CPS London, each overseen by Group Chair, a senior CCP. In addition there are four specialised national divisions: Organised Crime, Special Crime, Counter-Terrorism and the Fraud Prosecution Service. A telephone service, CPS Direct, provides out-of-hours advice and decisions to police officers across England and Wales. The CPS employs around 8,250 people and prosecuted 1,032,598 cases with an overall conviction rate of 86.6% in 2008-2009. Further information can be found on the CPS website
  3. The CPS, together with ACPO and media representatives, has developed a Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media.  This sets out the type of prosecution material that will normally be released, or considered for release, together with the factors we will take into account when considering requests.  The Protocol is published on our website