Bradford torture gang convicted

|News, Violent crime

A Bradford gang has been found guilty of the murder of Mohammed Feazan Ayaz in the early hours of 1 July 2019.

Raheel Khan, Suleman Khan, and Robert Wainwright were all found guilty of murder. Shoaib Shafiq and a 17-year-old youth who cannot be named for legal reasons were convicted of assisting an offender at Bradford Crown Court on 10 March 2020.

The gang attacked Mohammed Ayaz in an industrial unit in Bradford, where they tortured him and beat him to death, before wrapping him in a shower curtain and dumping his naked body in Saffron Drive, Allerton.

Mohammed Ayaz had spent the evening of 30 June with two friends driving around Bradford. They bought cannabis, and Mohammed Ayaz was also drinking whisky. During the evening, Ayaz received a phone call from Raheel Khan, asking for cannabis and was dropped off by his friends at an industrial unit to deliver it.

Inside the unit the defendants set about Ayaz, kicking and stamping on his head, urinating on him, inflicting multiple blunt force blows to his head and lacerations to his body. Parts of the attack were filmed. The post mortem revealed 70 separate injuries, and his death was due to a massive head injury caused by the accumulation of blows and stamps.

The motive appears to have been that Mohammed Ayaz had been given a mobile which contained footage of Raheel Khan having sex. Ayaz is said to have taunted Khan who, feeling humiliated, led the attack on the victim in revenge.

Michael Quinn from the CPS said: “This was a prolonged and utterly brutal attack on an entirely defenceless victim.

“Over the course of several hours, he was systematically and sadistically beaten to death on a concrete floor. He was stripped naked by his captors, he was tortured and humiliated, and he was beaten for the entertainment of those present.

“On several occasions they used their mobile telephones to film him in his torment, capturing even a moment in which he begged them to just let him die.

“We worked closely with West Yorkshire Police to build a robust prosecution case, which included the examination of many hours of CCTV footage and analysis of mobile phone footage.

“The defendants have now been found guilty and will be sentenced tomorrow. Our thoughts remain with the victim’s family and friends, as they have been throughout.”

Notes to editors

  • Michael Quinn is Head of the Complex Casework Unit, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside
  • Defendants:
    • Raheel Khan d.o.b: 13/6/92
    • Suleman Khan d.o.b: 6/4/99
    • Robert Wainwright d.o.b: 24/6/93
    • Shoaib Shafiq d.o.b: 19/11/99
    • 17-year-old youth.

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