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Life in jail for man who killed neighbour to avoid paying back debt

Haroon Rafiq will spend at least 24 years in prison for the murder. Photo: West Midlands Police

A Birmingham man who stabbed his neighbour to death to avoid repaying a cash debt has been jailed for life, serving a minimum of 24 years behind bars.

Haroon Rafiq, from Tenby Road in Moseley, was found guilty of killing Sajad Hussain on the night of 6 August 2017 after luring him to a secluded spot under the pretence he was handing back the money.

Birmingham Crown Court heard how Mr Hussain contacted Rafiq on several occasions in the weeks leading up to his death to arrange a meeting to repay the debt, understood to be several thousand pounds.

Sajad Hussain was stabbed to death just yards from his front door Credit: West Midlands Police

Rafiq agreed to meet the 40-year-old near his home in Tenby Road and walk to an ATM to withdraw the cash, but the 24-year-old had no intention of paying up and shortly after stabbed the father-of-one in the chest.

Hussain ran back in the direction of his house but was chased by Rafiq and was stabbed several more times in the chest.

According to the Police, Rafiq who had bought a new knife specifically to kill his victim disposed of his blood-stained clothes and the weapon near the River Cole before returning to his home just a few doors away from the murder scene.

West Midlands Police launched a murder investigation and just three days later, Rafiq confessed the killing to a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO).

Detective Inspector Paul Joyce from West Midlands Police Homicide team, said:

This awful attack has resulted in a family losing a loved one in an extremely violent, sustained and unnecessary attack.

It was a truly shocking episode and one that left Mr Hussain bleeding to death in his own doorway.

Tragically, Mr Hussain’s family were inside the address at the time but were unaware their loved one lay dying outside until passers-by raised the alarm and called the emergency services.

I can only hope that knowing his killer will spend much of his life behind bars acts as some comfort to Mr Hussain’s family and friends.

– Detective Inspector Paul Joyce