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Student's "sniggering" killer wanted to cause harm, says investigator

This was a premeditated unprovoked attack on an innocent young man who had his whole life ahead of him. Hussain and Kieran had not met before; Hussain came to Manchester with the sole intention of causing harm. He picked Kieran out of a crowd and followed him. Hussain hid behind a bush and waited for Kieran to walk past before subjecting him to a savage attack. It is clear from his actions that Hussain has no regard for human life.

– Detective Chief Inspector Pete Marsh, GMP Major Incident Team


Sniggering killer will serve a minimum of 23 years for student murder

Student's sniggering killer to be sentenced

Sniggering killer Imran Akhtar Hussain Credit: GMP

A man seen sniggering after he murdered a complete stranger in a "senseless" random attack will be sentenced today.

An inquiry by the police watchdog is under way into events linked to the murder of student Kieran Crump Raiswell.

Student Kieran Crump Raiswell, 18, was killed in the senseless attack Credit: GMP

The killer, Imran Akhtar Hussain, carried out an earlier attack on a stranger but was not arrested even though his victim gave police his car registration details.

Kieran was stabbed in the chest four times without warning by Hussain, 27, who approached him in the street in Whalley Range, Manchester.

Hussain was seen by witnesses laughing and sniggering as he ran back to his car.

The attack on January 16 took place 12 days after Hussain had targeted another stranger when he drove to Nottingham and punched a man before running off.

Hussain was yesterday found guilty of Kieran's murder and will be sentenced at Manchester Crown Court.

Devastated parents speak about the loss of their son

A man's been found guilty of murdering a student in a random knife attack in Manchester.

18 year old Kieran Crump Raiswell, from Chorlton, was stabbed to death in broad daylight.

Imran Hussain denied murder but admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The jury had heard how Hussain had driven from Coventry to Manchester intending to kill a 'complete stranger'.

His parents spoke to Granada Reports about the loss of their son.


CCTV of stabbed student's final steps in hunt for killer

Detectives have released CCTV footage showing the movements of Kieran Crump Raiswell moments before he was attacked and killed.

The 18 year old was found with stab wounds on Wednesday afternoon on Upper Chorlton Road in Whalley. He was taken to hospital and sadly died from his injuries.

His attacker was seen at the junction of Stamford Road and Upper Chorlton Road, possibly hiding in some bushes. As Kieran crossed over Stamford Road he walked up behind him, stabbed him and ran off.

Kieran’s attacker is described as a light skinned male, slim build, between 5ft 1in and 5ft 4in tall, possibly aged 16 or 17. He has a short back and sides haircut and was wearing blue jeans and a black v neck jumper with the Versace sign printed on the front and back in red.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Marsh said: "We have a dedicated team of detectives working to build up a picture of what happened, but at this stage in the investigation there appears to be no obvious motive for killing Kieran, who was simply walking along the street.

"I believe the answers to who did this will lie in the community. Someone will know who was responsible and I implore those people to be courageous and come forward.

“If it was your brother, son or friend who was killed in this way you would want justice for them."

A post mortem examination has concluded that Kieran died from a stab wound to the chest.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 4711 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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