Aya Hachem was ‘innocent victim of a business dispute’

Aya Hachem

Aya Hachem was shot dead following a business dispute between two rival tyre firms, Preston Crown Court has heard.

Hachem, 19, was an innocent passer-by when she was killed during a shopping trip near her home in Blackburn.

The first of two shots fired from a passing vehicle hit a building, but the second fatally struck the teenager in the chest on May 17.

Six people charged with her murder appeared at Preston Crown Court on yesterday via prison videolink.

Alexander Langhorn, prosecuting, said police were called to the shooting arising out of what appeared to be a dispute between RI Tyres and Quick Shine.

He said it was the Crown’s case that the defendants arranged the attempt to shoot and kill Pachah Khan, the owner/manager of Quick Shine.

Blackburn residents Feroz Suleman, 39, Kashif Manzoor, 24, Ayaz Hussain, 34, Uthman Satia, 28, Abubakir Satia, 31, and Judy Chapman, 26, from Great Harwood, were all remanded in custody suspected of murder.

The six are also charged with the attempted murder of their alleged intended target, Mr Khan. They will be expected to enter pleas at a further hearing on October 16 and a provisional trial date of May 4 next year was fixed.

Lebanese-born Miss Hachem, a second year student at the University of Salford, has been described as the “most loyal devoted daughter” who enjoyed spending time with her family and dreamed of becoming a solicitor.

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