Man, 26, brutally stabbed to death through van window as he sat next to his dad

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Raheem Hanif, 26, lost his life when he was attacked by a group of men who jumped out of Range Rover, some carrying weapons, including baseball bats and large knives

Raheem Hanif was stabbed to death through a van window
Raheem Hanif was stabbed to death through a van window

A man was stabbed to death through a van window during an ambush while his father sat next to him.

Adulf Hanif drove a van into a car park in Tilehurst, Berkshire at around 6.55pm on February 6 last week.

The 47-year-old was sitting next to his son Raheem, 26, Get Reading reports.

The van was followed into the car park by a Range Rover Evoque, which circled area before driving into the front of Mr Hanif’s van multiple times.

Several people jumped out of the Range Rover, some carrying weapons, including baseball bats and large knives.

They swung the weapons at the body of the van, smashing the side window in the process.







Abas Khan, aged 24, of Helmsdale Road, Reading, was found guilty by unanimous jury verdict of murder
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Humzah Sikander was convicted of manslaughter
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Abdul Hanif was struck in the chaos, leaving him with a broken arm.

His son Raheem was stabbed in the chest through the window of the van and died as a result of this injury.

The day before Raheem and Kamran Chowdhary, who of the men who killed him, had fought in Reading, with the scrap caught on phone cameras.

Following this fight Raheem was taken to hospital for a small wound to his nose.

Later the same afternoon Raheem’s car was parked near his home when it was attacked, with all the windows being smashed and tires slashed.

Following a trial lasting ten weeks, which concluded at Reading Crown Court on January 14, Abas Khan, 24, and Chowdhary, 18, were found guilty by unanimous jury verdict of murder.

Chowdhary was also found guilty by unanimous jury verdict of possession of an offensive weapon.

Humzah Sikander, aged 18, and Shekuh Conteh, aged 17, were found not guilty of murder but convicted of manslaughter by unanimous jury verdict.

Conteh can now been named following the lifting of reporting restrictions by the trial judge.

Sikander had also previously pleaded guilty to one count of grievous bodily harm without attempt on a second victim, Raheem’s father, Abdul.







Shekuh Conteh was convicted of manslaughter
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Kamran Chowdhary was convicted of murder
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The other three defendants, Khan, Chowdhary and Conteh, were found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm without intent on Abdul.

At today’s sentencing hearing, Khan was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 26 years, while Chowdhary was sentenced to a minimum term of 14 years.

Sikander was jailed for six years and Conteh for four years for manslaughter and causing GBH without intent.

Khan and Chowdhary were proven to have carried out this attack in a joint enterprise, alongside Sikander and Conteh.

The attack followed a dispute between Raheem Hanif and two of the defendants, Abas Khan and Kamran Chowdhary.

Senior investigating officer Detective Superintendent Stuart Bosley said: “This needless and tragic murder occurred amidst a background of animosity between Raheem and the defendants who were convicted.

“There had been a number of incidents leading up to the evening of February 6, and the day before, Raheem had been involved in a fight with one of the defendants.

“The murder of Raheem on February 6 was retribution for this ongoing animosity, and the violence that met him that night was completely unjustified.

“Raheem’s father also suffered a serious injury, and had the terrible order of seeing his son being stabbed in front of him.

“None of the defendants have ever shown any remorse or taken any responsibility for Raheem’s death, and I am pleased that a jury has been seen through their accounts to convict Khan and Chowdhary of murder.

Sikander and Conteh were acquitted of murder, but were found guilty of manslaughter.

“Arriving with weapons that night, it was very clear that Khan and Chowdhary intended to cause at the very least, really serious harm to Raheem, in this horrific joint enterprise attack.

“Although not all four would have inflicted the fatal wound to Raheem, we were able to prove beyond reasonable doubt that all four were involved in the attack in some capacity, and, in the case of Khan and Chowdhary, arrived at the scene intent on causing really serious harm.

“This is yet another example of the very real dangers of carrying weapons, particularly knives.

“If you carry a knife, you put yourself in danger of either using it yourself, or it being used against you. Carrying a knife can never be justified in any circumstance, and we will continue to pursue those who look to do so and bring offenders to justice.

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“I would like to pay tribute to Raheem’s family and friends for their dignity and courage throughout the course of this investigation.

“Raheem’s father, Abdul, suffered a significant injury himself during this incident, but his evidence and account of what happened and his support of our investigation has helped us bring his son’s killers to justice.

“All four defendants will now serve substantial prison sentences, and although I know that no sentence will bring solace to Raheem’s family and friends, I hope that they will be able to move on with their lives in the knowledge that justice has been served.

“I would like to close by extending my sincere condolences on behalf of Thames Valley Police to Raheem’s family and friends for their loss.”

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