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Mother's fury over inquest verdict on her son's death

Shereen Sinclair has criticised the coroner's verdict. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A mother from Luton has hit out at a coroner's verdict on the death of her son who was stabbed to death at a birthday party in 2012.

Taffy Khan was fatally wounded at the house owned by former boxing champion Herbie Hide in Norfolk.

Today Coroner Jacqueline Lake recorded a narrative verdict rather than one of unlawful killing.

Mr Khan's mother Shereen Sinclair described that decision as outrageous.

Click below to watch Malcolm Robertson's report.

Coroner's call for witnesses to break silence over fatal stabbing

A coroner has called for witnesses to break their silence after ruling a man killed at world champion boxer Herbie Hide's home was the victim of an "unprovoked attack".

Tafadzwa Khan, 25, known as Taffy, was found dead after the birthday party held on March 17 2012. About 200 people attended the event at Mr Hide's mansion in Long Lane, Bawburgh, Norfolk.

Norfolk Police charged party-goer Joshua Burton, who was 20 at the time, with murder but the case was later dismissed with the force blaming a culture of silence preventing crucial witnesses coming forward.

Today coroner Jacqueline Lake said she could not be certain he was the victim of an unlawful killing, instead returning a narrative conclusion that he died after being stabbed three times in an unprovoked assault.

She said: "It is clear that Mr Khan was stabbed and the assault was not in self-defence. There is no evidence that he was acting in an aggressive or provoking manner.

"I would echo the police appeal that if anybody has any information, they should come forward."

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Inquest into man stabbed at former boxer's house

Taffy Khan died after being stabbed

Family and friends of a man stabbed to death at former world champion boxer Herbie Hide's Norfolk home have issued a fresh plea for justice after an inquest heard his killer has never been caught.

Tafadzwa Khan, 25, known as Taffy, was found dead after a birthday party held on March 17, 2012, and attended by about 200 people at Mr Hide's mansion in Long Lane, Bawburgh, Norfolk.

Police at the scene in Bawburgh

Norfolk Police charged partygoer Joshua Burton, 20, with his murder but the case was later dismissed with the force saying crucial witnesses had refused to come forward.

The inquest is expected to last three days, with Mr Burton due to give evidence tomorrow.

Mr Khan was originally from Zimbabwe and was living at the YMCA centre in Norwich at the time.

Taffy Khan died after being stabbed

"We know there are people who were at the party in Bawburgh and know what happened, but have not come forward."

– Det Supt John Brocklebank, Norfolk Police
Herbie Hide Credit: PA Wire

Police have said they do not believe Mr Hide was at the house at the time of the death.

He won the WBO heavyweight title for the first time in 1994.

He regained the title in 1997 and made two successful defences before losing to Vitali Klitschko in 1999.

Malcolm Robertson was at the inquest. Watch his report...

Herbie Hide's jail sentence is cut

Herbie Hide, former boxing world champion. Credit: PA images.

A former world heavyweight boxing champion from Norfolk who admitted conspiring to sell cocaine has had his jail term cut by four months by appeal judges.

Herbie Hide, 42, of Bawburgh, near Norwich, was given a 22-month term by a judge at Cambridge Crown Court in November.

But three appeal judges cut the term to 18 months after lawyers for Hide argued that the original sentence was too long.

Hide, who twice held the World Boxing Organisation version of the heavyweight title in the 1990s, was not at the Court of Appeal hearing in London.

He was jailed after a judge heard he had fallen for a sting operation set up by an investigative journalist known as the Fake Sheikh.

Hide arranged to supply the class A drug to Sun on Sunday reporter Mazher Mahmood after a series of meetings at a hotel near Norwich.

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Herbie Hide handed 22-month sentence

Herbie Hide is facing a 22-month jail sentence. Credit: PA

Former boxing world champion Herbie Hide has been jailed for 22 months for conspiring to supply cocaine.

He was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court this afternoon.

The 42-year-old, from Bawburgh near Norwich, was arrested earlier this year after being caught up in a sting operation organised by a newspaper.

Herbie Hide sentencing

Herbie Hide Credit: PA Images

Former boxing world champion Herbie Hide is due to be sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court for a drugs charge this afternoon (Friday 29 November).

The 42-year-old, from Bawburgh near Norwich, was arrested earlier this year after being caught up in a sting operation organised by a newspaper.

He originally pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine but changed his plea to guilty at the start of a trial at Norwich Crown Court.

Former boxer warned he faces prison sentence

The former world heavyweight boxing champion Herbie Hide has been warned he faces jail, after pleading guilty to a drugs charge.

The 42-year-old, from Bawburgh near Norwich, was arrested earlier this year after being caught up in a sting organised by a tabloid newspaper.

Today, the former boxer changed his plea from not guilty to guilty at the start of his trial at Norwich Crown Court.

The judge warned him he faced two years in prison.

Malcolm Robertson reports.

Herbie Hide pleads guilty to drugs charge

Herbie Hide, former boxing world champion. Credit: PA images.

Former boxing world champion Herbie Hide has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine at the start of a trial at Norwich Crown Court.

The 42-year-old, who lives at Bawburgh, near Norwich, had previously denied the charges.

He has been released on bail.

Hide will be sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court on November 29.

Until then, he will have to report daily to Norwich police station.

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