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'Loving dad murdered as he bought baby milk for his son'

Nioron Parker-Lee – named by police as the prime suspect in the case – remains on the run. Photo: Police Photograph.

A court has heard how a young dad was stabbed to death outside a takeaway as he walked to buy baby milk for his newborn son.

Father-of-two Mansoor Mahmood’s wife, Aisha Akhtar, said his death had “literally broken her heart”.

The 25-year-old was knifed in the stomach in a fight outside the Dixi Chicken restaurant on Brierley Hill High Street on October 15 last year. Credit: Family Handout

The 25-year-old was knifed in the stomach in a fight outside the Dixi Chicken restaurant on Brierley Hill High Street on October 15 last year.

Nioron Parker-Lee – named by police as the prime suspect in the case – remains on the run with a £6,000 bounty on his head.

In a new appeal for information on Monday, Aisha said:

"We need to catch his killer, we need people to come forward. Someone, somewhere knows where this person is. We need justice, not just for us, but also for my husband and our children. I’ll never find anybody else like him, he was my best friend, losing him has literally broken my heart, there is not a day where I don’t cry for him."

“To me it feels like has gone out and he will come back. I can’t accept he is gone. Every time I think about him I break down in front of my kids. It’s really hard because he was my rock and we were a team. I can’t share my emotions or talk about his death with anybody, because he was the only person I relied on and trusted.”

– Aisha Akhtar, said his death had “literally broken her heart”.
The 25-year-old was knifed in the stomach in a fight outside the Dixi Chicken restaurant on Brierley Hill High Street on October 15 last year. Credit: BPM.

Mansoor and Aisha met as students at Sandwell College and have two sons, Isa, three, and Awais, who is two next month.

Mansoor was also his wife’s carer after she suffered spinal injuries in an accident in 2007. Reliving her last conversation with her husband, Aisha said:

“I spoke to him on the phone as he walked towards the takeaway and I asked him to get some baby milk. He was my carer and it has been very hard for me, he helped me in so many ways. He was a loving, caring husband, father, son and brother, he was always the one that would make you smile.

“Our two young children loved him to bits. They always wanted to be with daddy. The children are too young to understand what has happened. When our youngest doesn’t see dad in the morning, he asks: ‘Where has daddy gone?’ “He used to go to sleep with his dad and it has been very hard because he wants to see his dad, he wants to kiss and hug him.”

– Aisha Akhtar, said his death had “literally broken her heart”.
Nioron Parker-Lee – named by police as the prime suspect in the case – remains on the run. Credit: Police Photograph.

No motive for the murder has ever been established but detectives believe Parker-Lee, from Brierley Hill, is being protected by friends. Appealing for help to find him, Aisha said:

"We are asking for the people who are protecting him to give him up. My appeal is to the whole community because I am convinced people know his whereabouts. It’s not about being labelled as a grass or proving your loyalty to him. He is a dangerous man, so please just give him up.”

– Aisha.
Mansoor’s brother, Mujtaba Hussain and father, Khalid Mahmood, 53. Credit: BPM.

Mansoor’s brother, Mujtaba Hussain, 18-year-old brother, said, “We still don’t have a clear answer about why he was killed, we need some sort of closure and answers about why this happened."

Mansoor’s dad, Khalid Mahmood, 53, said, "I have not slept properly in the six months since he died. I just want justice for my son. I want the person who did this brought to justice.”

Det Insp Harry Harrison said:

“He died in the most tragic circumstances and you can see the impact this has had on a lovely family.He was killed by a dangerous offender and somebody knows where that person is. We know a fight took place and it could have been a simple and spontaneous coming together."

“I think this man’s peer group is protecting him and I would urge anyone with information to come forward. I am particularly keen for information from the community who have suspicions or information about people who they think might be helping this man." "For anybody who is protecting him the message is quite simple – give him up or you will face prosecution yourself.”

– Det Insp Harry Harrison.

The £6,000 reward will only qualify if information is passed directly to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 number or at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.