Law student, 19, 'in wrong place at wrong time' gunned down 'in drive-by shooting amid feud between 2 tyre firm owners'

A LAW student was "in the wrong place at the wrong time" when she was shot dead in the street amid a feud between two tyre firm owners, a court heard.

"Unlucky" passer-by Aya Hachem, 19, was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Blackburn, Lancashire, on the afternoon of May 17 last year.


The incident was the culmination of a long-running dispute between Feroz Suleman, the owner of RI Tyres, and Pachah Khan, the proprietor of Quickshine Tyres, a jury at Preston Crown Court was told.

Opening the case on Thursday, prosecutor Nicholas Johnson QC said: "The bad blood between the men had been building over a period of time and it got to the extent that a plan was hatched to kill Mr Khan and/or someone else at Quickshine Tyres.

"What happened was planned in detail and involved many people.

"The prosecution alleges that each of the eight people in the dock played their part."

He said Ms Hachem was shot dead while walking on King Street at about 3pm on May 17.

"She was shot by Zamir Raja who was sitting in the back of a Toyota Avensis being driven by Anthony Ennis," he added.



The court heard Raja was a hitman brought in from south Manchester "todo the job".

He allegedly fired two shots from the car which was being driven past Quickshine Tyres, intending to hit Pachah Khan.

Mr Johnson said: "Zamir Raja's first shot hit one of the windows of Quickshine, the second hit Aya Hachem.

"Aya had no connection to either Mr Khan, his business, Zamir Raja, or anyone else in this case.

"She was simply unlucky. She was in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Suleman, 40, of, Blackburn; Raja, 33, of Stretford, Greater Manchester; Ennis, 31, of Partington, Greater Manchester, Kashif Manzoor, 26, of, Blackburn; Ayaz Hussain, 35, of Blackburn; Abubakr Satia, 32, of Blackburn, his brother Uthman Satia, 29, of Great Harwood, and Judy Chapman, 26, of Great Harwood, all deny murder.

All eight have also pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of Mr Khan.

The trial is estimated to last up to 10 weeks.

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