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Monday, 24 August 2009

Raheem Nawaz Remanded in Custody - Press Blackout Kept in Place

Raheem Nawaz, who went on two separate stabbing sprees on Thursday and Friday in which a total of seven people were injured, appeared before magistrates today and was remanded in custody, with no application for bail being made.

A restriction on reporting certain information about the case has not yet been lifted. Rawaz will appear in court again on 3rd September.

Two victims of the attacks are still in hospital, one in a serious condition. Here is a more detailed version of what happened:

Raheem Nawaz, 19, of Keighley, was charged on Saturday night in connection with two incidents, one in Victoria Road at about 10.30pm last Thursday, and the other outside The Livery Rooms pub in North Street about two hours later.

A 24-year-old man was stabbed in the first incident and seven people were injured in the second.

Two people were last night still receiving treatment at Airedale Hospital including a 44-year-old woman, who suffered the most serious injuries and was described as being in a serious but stable condition.

The 24-year-old man was also described as being in a stable condition. A 26-year-old woman, who had also been detained for treatment at Airedale Hospital, was discharged on Saturday.

The knifeman is believed to have walked into Keighley town centre after the first incident before attacking a crowd outside the Wetherspoons-owned Livery Rooms pub at about 12.30am on Friday.

Bradford Councillor Zafar Ali said: “My heart goes out to the innocent victims and their families and I hope they have a speedy recovery.”

Nawaz was due to appear before magistrates in Bingley at 10am today.

The incidents are being investigated by officers in the Homicide and Major Enquiry Unit of West Yorkshire Police led by Detective Superintendent Steve Payne.

To be completely fair, it was a man called Majid Hussain and his brother in law who disarmed Nawaz and wrestled him to the ground.

Hussain's account of events is here.

With thanks to Durotrigan for providing some extra information.


Anonymous said...

I've been searching for this crime for two days online now. When it was first reported, it was said to be racially motivated but now I can't find anything remaining online which says this. I didn't know about the press blackout though.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said
No this is not racially motivated.
People and society have a lot to learn about the problems unfolding in asian society? The asian community have to be more active in there own community and problems!

Anonymous said...

This is for Majad. With all due respect yes you are a hero? Yes but can i honestly ask you what have you every done to help the
asian commmunity?

Anonymous said...

May god help us all in holy month
there god our god we are all same no segregation. It's about time we all relise these problems could happen to any one white,black,yellow and orange. Only than can we start to solve the problems that are accrueing in our society.

Anonymous said...

majad hussian i hear your a big bully? Not a hero. Hope i'm wrong! What goes around comes around.

Anonymous said...

Dear Majid,
the hero?
You are a bully.
Drug dealer.
And lots more shouldn'T YOU BE IN PRISON?
English law??