Life for Easington murderer

A man has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a delivery driver in North Yorkshire.

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Background: Easingwold murder

Mohammed Khan, 36, was found at 2.30am on 23rd September 2012 by an off-duty officer on Long Street. He had been in a crash and was found with serious injuries. He died in hospital. A post mortem examination found Mr Khan died from a stab wound to the neck and a murder investigation was launched.

Mr Khan had travelled from Leyburn to Easingwold. He went to the Horseshoe pub at 10pm for directions. He visited a takeaway in Spring Street. He later met three women outside the New Inn and drove them to the Horseshoe. This is where Mr Khan met Brabbs.

The two men were caught on CCTV at 1am on 23rd September 2012 driving north up Long Street.

A barmaid heard a man screaming at 2am and saw Brabbs disappear down an alleyway.

Mr Khan lost consciousness after being stabbed and crashed his van.

  • 24th September 2012 - Brabbs was arrested on suspicion of murdering Mr Khan
  • 26th September 2012 - Brabbs was charged with murder
  • 20th May 2013 - Brabbs was sentenced to life in prison

Family of murdered man thank police

“We thank North Yorkshire Police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the homicide support team for their support and speedy investigation into Mohammed Saleem Khan's death. We are also grateful to the witnesses who came forward to give their evidence and for the fair trial which resulted in the conviction for murder.”

– Mr Mohammed’s family statement

Police: "Brabbs has given no reasonable explanation"

“James Brabbs has finally admitted his guilt to the brutal and unprovoked attack which has left Mr Khan’s family devastated and shocked the people of Easingwold. “Brabbs has given no reasonable explanation for his actions on the night he stabbed Mr Khan in the neck. “The sentence handed down is the least Brabbs deserves. I hope Mr Khan’s family can take some comfort in the knowledge that justice has been done."

– Detective Superintendent Heather Pearson of North Yorkshire Police


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