Wexham teen who stabbed young boxer Mohammed Ashraq in the back with hunting knife is found guilty of murder

A teenager who stabbed a talented young boxer in the back during a “scuffle” has been found guilty of murder.

A jury has found Mohammed Hussain, 18, guilty – by a majority – of stabbing to death Mohammed Aman Ashraq in the street in Wexham on January 4.

Fellow defendant Hamza Mahmood, 18, was also charged with murder, but a jury were unable to reach a verdict in his case.

Mr Ashraq, also 18, who was thought to have been boxing training the morning before he was killed, was found with stab wounds in Benjamin Lane, Wexham, by an Ocado delivery driver at around 8pm.

CCTV showed Mr Ashraq, Hussain and Mahmood, who all 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.

Mr Ashraq – who lived in the road where he was stabbed, just doors down from Hussain – was rushed to Wexham Park Hospital but died from a stab wound.

Hussain, who has been on trial charged with Mr Ashraq’s murder, was found guilty by a majority verdict at Reading Crown Court on Friday, July 24.

He will be sentenced at the same court on Friday, July 31.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Dejan Avramovic of Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit, said: “I am satisfied that justice has been served and the jury were able to reach a conclusion in the case of Hussain.

“Even after a trial and this conviction the true reason why Mr Ashraq died and what happened between the men has not been fully established.

“It is however our belief that Mr Ashraq’s death was the result of an illicit transaction where a knife was present at the scene.

“What is clear is that if you carry a knife there is a good chance that either yourself or someone else will die or be seriously injured as a result.

“I would like to thank Mr Ashraq’s family for their support and co-operation throughout our investigation, our thoughts remain with them for what has been an extremely difficult and challenging time for them.

“I hope that the conviction helps them in some way with the loss of Mohammed.”

Hamza Mahmood, of Shaggy Calf Lane, remains in custody pending a CPS decision on whether to seek a retrial.

This will be decided by Wednesday, July 29, as requested by the trial judge.

Local Policing Commander for Slough Superintendent Gavin Wong, said: “Whenever something like this happens and a young person loses their life, it undoubtedly has an effect on the whole community.

“I would like to express my deepest sympathies to the family of Mr Ashraq.

“As a Police Force we are only too aware of the need for us to work with members of our community, with our partners and with young people in order to engage with them to help them to understand the true dangers of carrying a knife.

“In Slough we are committed to tackling knife crime and alongside enforcement action and things like knife amnesties, we are working closely with Slough Borough Council and the Safer Slough Partnership to educate young people about the dangers of carrying weapons.

“We are also engaging with schools and our Neighbourhood teams are engaging out in the community to try and remove fear which is one of the key factors of a young person carrying a knife.”

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