Life sentence for Mohammed Aman Ashraq’s murderer

The teenager who fatally stabbed talented young boxer Mohammed Aman Ashraq,18, has been given a life sentence.

Mohammed Hussain,18 of Benjamin Lane, Slough was convicted by a majority jury of one count of murder following a trial at Reading Crown Court that concluded on Friday, July 24.

Today he was given a life sentence and told at the same court he must serve a minimum of 19 years’ imprisonment.

His conviction relates to an incident on the evening of Saturday, January 4 in Benjamin Lane, Wexham, Slough in which 18-year-old Mohammed Aman Ashraq died.

At around 7.50pm an altercation took place between Mr Ashraq who also lived in Benjamin Lane and Mohammed Hussain. During this physical altercation Mr Ashraq was stabbed in the back with a hunting knife.

Mr Ashraq was taken by paramedics from South Central Ambulance Service to Wexham Park Hosptial but pronounced dead later that night.

CCTV showed Mr Ashraq and Hussain who both went to Wexham Secondary School get into a “struggle”, but Mr Ashraq did not get up from the ground after being stabbed in the back with a large hunting knife by Hussain.

The 18cm-long knife was later found in bushes nearby.

A post-mortem revealed that Mr Ashraq died from a stab wound.

The family of Mr Ashraq, said: “On 4 January, we lost our loving son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend. It still feels like yesterday that he was with us, joking and laughing around. He was the glue in our family and held us all together.

“Listening to the horrific details of how his life was snatched away from him, has been very difficult. The pain of losing Mohammed will still be with us for the rest of our lives.

“We would like to thank our friends and family who have supported us throughout this ordeal, you know who you are. Our message as a family to the young generation is please stop carrying and selling knives. We don’t want anyone else to suffer the loss we have suffered.”

Mr Ashraq’s father Ashraq Burq, said: “My loving innocent son was my heart, which is now broken. He was not only a son but also a friend. My caring son would kiss me goodbye every morning before going to college. He would do the same when he came back home. He loved his siblings always laughing and joking. He was a bright, honest and decent individual who was dearly loved by everyone, family, friends and neighbours.”

Slough Observer | News