Reading men jailed for the killing of Raheem Hanif
Four men who were found guilty of killing Raheem Hanif in a violent attack in Tilehurst last February have been given prison sentences totalling 50 years.
Twenty-six-year-old Raheem Hanif and his father had parked up in their van outside Raheem’s house on the evening of 6 February 2021, when they were set upon by four young men with baseball bats and large knives. Raheem was fatally stabbed during the attack.
Abas Khan, 24, and Kamran Chowdhary, 18, who were convicted earlier this year of Raheem’s murder, have been jailed for life with a minimum of 26 and 14 years respectively at Reading Crown Court today.
After being found guilty of manslaughter, Humzah Sikander, 18, has been sentenced to six years’ imprisonment and Shekuh Conteh, 17, will serve a four-year prison sentence.
Lawyer Claire Wiggett of the Crown Prosecution Service said: “This is a heart-breaking case where Raheem Hanif was murdered before his father’s eyes in a violent and senseless attack.
“The strength of the evidence we presented in court, including witness statements, phone data, forensic evidence and CCTV footage led to a successful prosecution, and these four men will now serve long prison sentences for what they did.
“Arguments happen, but no dispute is worth the cost of a life. Our thoughts go out to Abdul Hanif and all Raheem’s loved ones who have suffered an immeasurable loss.”
Notes to editors
- Abas Khan (D.O.B. 16.12.1997) and Kamran Chowdhary (D.O.B. 29.02.2004) were convicted of murder at Reading Crown Court on 14 January 2022. Chowdhary was also convicted of having an offensive weapon
- Humzah Sikander (D.O.B. 07.11.2003) and Shekuh Conteh (D.O.B. 14.07.2004) were convicted of manslaughter at the same court on the same date
- Khan, Chowdhary and Conteh were convicted of causing grievous bodily harm without intent following the trial in January 2022. Sikander had previously pleaded guilty to one count of grievous bodily harm without intent.
- Khan was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 26 years at Reading Crown Court on 23 March 2022.
- Chowdhary was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 14 years at the same court on the same date.
- Sikander was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment at the same court on the same date.
- Conteh was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment at the same court on the same date.
- Conteh can be named as reporting restrictions were lifted by the trial judge at the sentencing hearing.
- Claire Wiggett is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for the CPS Thames and Chiltern.