A man has been found guilty of murdering a grandmother and seriously injuring a teenager in a brutal attack with a ‘Rambo’-style hunting knife.
Riasat Bi, 86, died after she was attacked by Madni Ahmed at her home in Small Heath, Birmingham, on July 12 last year as she desperately tried to defend her grandson Faizaan Javed.
Ahmed, 20, was found guilty of murder, attempted murder, wounding with intent, being in possession of an offensive weapon, and affray by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday.
Prosecutor Michael Burrows said Ahmed walked into Mrs Bi’s Aubrey Road home and stabbed her to death with a Rambo Survival knife, the Birmingham Post reported.
The court heard how Mrs Bi suffered 29 separate sharp force injuries. Of those, 12 were stab wounds where the knife had gone in deeper. Six of those had resulted in damage to the skull.
Minutes before, Ahmed had also attempted to murder Mr Javed, 18, leaving him paralysed after a stab wound severed part of his spine.
Ahmed knew Faizaan’s brother, Islam Javed, and it was claimed that he may have been the intended victim.
Mr Burrows said that Ahmed stabbed Mr Javed in the back while he was sleeping and asked: “Where’s the money?” – unaware that it was not Islam Javed.
Ahmed stabbed Mrs Bi “repeatedly in the neck and body” before another of Islam’s brothers, Ehsham, appeared from upstairs.
Ahmed is then alleged to have threatened Ehsham with the same knife – described in court as 27cm long and 4.7cm wide, with scalloped edging – and told him to find the money.
Prosecutor Burrows said: “Pretending to look for the money, Ehsham took a knife and confronted Madni Ahmed, forcing him upstairs and to escape from the attic roof.”
Following the incident, the defendant fled back to Stoke-on-Trent, where he went to hospital for treatment for a cut and was later arrested.
Ahmed’s own father identified him on CCTV as the attacker and Ahmed’s DNA was also found on the knife.
Mrs Bi’s blood was found on the sole of a Nike Air Max trainer belonging to Ahmed, who had used his brother’s ID to buy knives online.
A number of WhatsApp messages are alleged to have been sent to Ahmed’s phone before and shortly after the incident.
They included links to news coverage of the crime as it unfolded. Web searches were also carried out on Ahmed’s phone for live updates on the incident.
One message read: “Your dad is upset, he is crying. Answer the phone. What time will you be back. Please ring us stop being selfish – what have you done?”
Prosecutor Burrows said of the CCTV evidence: “He was plainly carrying the knife in a public place.
“Islam wasn’t there – Faizaan was, lying asleep on his bed. He stabbed him in the back and the right arm repeatedly. At no stage did Faizaan put up resistance.
“Faizaan called out to his 86-year-old grandmother and she tried to help – Madni turned his savage attention on her. She was unarmed and posed no threat.
“From her injuries we know she never tried to use violence against him. Yet he turned his attention to her and struck her with repeated blows with that murderous Rambo knife.”
Speaking about Mrs Bi’s injuries, Mr Burrows said: “She had wounds to her back, mouth, throat and tongue. What could have he intended to do other that to kill her?
“Her carotid artery was cut through – what else was intended when he did that? There was a stab wounded that nearly penetrated her whole body.
“The nature of the injuries caused, where the blows were and the force used shows this was murder.”
The jury took just one hour to find Ahmed guilty of all charges.
Ahmed, dressed in a prison-issue blue sweatshirt and trousers, smirked as the guilty verdicts were read out.
The public gallery, packed with family and friends of Ahmed and the victims, remained silent throughout.
Ahmed, of Cavendish Street in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, is expected to return to court for sentencing tomorrow.