Pizza shop worker sentenced to life for murder of Sheffield dad

09/02/2012

A 20 year old pizza shop worker has today been sentenced to 26 years imprisonment for the murder of Sheffield father Zabihullah ‘Zabi’ Rafiq.

Earlier today, a jury found Maruf guilty of Zabis murder which was the result of a failed robbery attempt.

Senior Crown Prosecutor Ian Conway said:

On 29 May last year, Zabi left work with around £700, the days takings. Maruf, having worked at the pizza shop for some time, knew this and so he laid in wait outside of Zabis house in Gleadless. Armed with a knife he set out to rob Zabi. During the robbery, Zabi received a single, but fatal, stab wound to the chest. He died soon after leaving his wife and one year old child.

We can only begin to imagine the pain this must have caused his family and little will ease that pain. We hope that knowing that the man responsible for Zabis death has been brought to justice will bring them some small measure of comfort.

Our case centred around extensive CCTV and ANPR footage which helped the prosecution team place Maruf on every step of Zabis journey home.

We worked closely with South Yorkshire Police to offer advice on the legal requirements of a European arrest warrant. This was used to bring Maruf back from France where he stopped as part of his intended journey home to Afghanistan.

It was the fast actions of South Yorkshire Police and our strong partnership approach that ensured Maruf did not manage to escape our jurisdiction. He was found in Marseille and brought back into the UK to face the courts.

He has today been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum tariff of 26 years. Following his sentence he will be deported to Afghanistan.