Siddiqi killers jailed for life

Ben Hope and Jason Richards, the killers of Cardiff A-Level student Aamir Siddiqi, have each received a life sentence in jail.

The judge at Cardiff Crown Court told them they must each serve a minimum term of 40 years.

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Report: Two men found guilty of schoolboy murder

Two bungling hitmen have been found guilty of murdering a schoolboy when they went to the wrong house to carry out a contract killing.

Ben Hope and Jason Richards were each paid £1,000 to kill a middle aged family man in a row about an alleged debt.

Instead, high on drugs, they took the life of seventeen year old Aamir Siddiqi. They stabbed him to death and also knifed his frantic parents as they tried to save the teenager's life.

David Wood reports on today's verdict.


Crown Prosecution Service welcomes verdict

Aamir’s life was cruelly taken from him in a brutal knife attack committed by Jason Richards and Ben Hope. At the same time, they inflicted very serious injury on Aamir’s parents, as they tried to protect their son.

I would like to thank everyone who has supported the prosecution case. Each statement and every piece of testimony has played its part in the conviction of these two dangerous and violent criminals.

Whilst Aamir’s assailants have been brought to justice, we are acutely aware that nothing can make up for the loss felt by those close to him. Aamir’s family have shown remarkable dignity and fortitude throughout a lengthy criminal justice process and our thoughts remain with them.

– Statement from Catrin Evans, Crown Prosecution Service

Siddiqi family statement pays tribute to Aamir

Speaking outside Swansea Crown Court on behalf of the family, Aamir's Sister, Umbareen Siqqidi, paid tribute to her brother.

Today's guilty verdict is the right one and as a family we are both delighted and relieved. On the 11th of April 2010, a house which was previously filled with love and laughter was brutally destroyed by the callous, vicious attack on our parents and our brother.

Within seconds our lives changed for ever.

The world has moved on in almost three years since the murder but for us the attack is as fresh as if it happened yesterday.

– Siddiqi family statement


Two men guilty of Aamir Siddiqi murder

Aamir Siddiqi was stabbed to death on his doorstep in Cardiff in April 2010 Credit: Family / South Wales Police

Two men have been found guilty of murdering Cardiff teenager, Aamir Siddiqi.

A jury at Swansea Crown Court found Ben Hope, 39 and Jason Richard 38, guilty of killing Aamir, and attempting to kill his parents at their home in Roath.

Aamir Siddiqi, a 17-year-old A-Level student, was stabbed to death on his doorstep in 2010. His parents Sheikh and Parveen Ahmed tried to help their son but were both seriously injured in the attack.

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