SEVEN men have been found guilty of murdering Blackburn student Aya Hachem, today at Preston Crown Court.

The jury took just a few hours at find Feroz Suleman, 40, Kashif Manzoor, 26, Ayaz Hussain, 35, Abubakr  Satia, 32, all from Blackburn, Zamir Raja, 33, of Stretford, Anthony Ennis, 31, of Partington, Uthman Satia, 29, of Great Harwood, guilty of murdering the teenager in a bungled hit in May 2020 in King Street, Blackburn.

Judy Chapman, 26, of Great Harwood, was cleared of murdering Aya but found guilty of manslaughter.

All seven men were also convicted of the attempted murder of Pachah Khan, the intended target of the hit. He was the owner of Quickshine Tyres and involved in a business feud with Suleman, owner of RI Tyres, the business next door in King Street.

Chapman was acquitted of the attempted murder of Mr Khan.

Sentencing will take place on Thursday.

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