Killer’s look of horror as Aya Hachem’s murder was caught on CCTV

This is the moment a look of horror ran across the face of one of Aya Hachem’s killers after they realised her murder had been caught on CCTV.  

Ayaz Hussain is seen looking visibly shocked in footage released by Lancashire Police as officers combed through video of the botched drive-by shooting to track down the 19-year-old’s killers.

Yesterday, Hussain and six other men were jailed for life for the murder of law student Aya Hachem who was mistakenly gunned down in a feud between rival businesses.

Blackburn tyre firm boss Feroz Suleman, 40, had arranged the execution of neighbouring rival businessman Pachah Khan in broad daylight.

But the gunman he hired, who took aim while driving past Khan’s business in a Toyota Avensis, instead shot dead innocent passer-by Aya.

Footage shows the moment one of Aya Hachem's killers realised her murder in a botched drive-by shooting had been caught on camera. The 19-year-old law student was hit by a stray bullet from a hitman hired to kill a tyre-boss' rival

Footage shows the moment one of Aya Hachem's killers realised her murder in a botched drive-by shooting had been caught on camera. The 19-year-old law student was hit by a stray bullet from a hitman hired to kill a tyre-boss' rival

Footage shows the moment one of Aya Hachem’s killers realised her murder in a botched drive-by shooting had been caught on camera. The 19-year-old law student was hit by a stray bullet from a hitman hired to kill a tyre-boss’ rival

Lancashire Police also released footage showing the moments leading up to Aya's death. One of the bullets hit near a workman (pictured)

Lancashire Police also released footage showing the moments leading up to Aya's death. One of the bullets hit near a workman (pictured)

Lancashire Police also released footage showing the moments leading up to Aya’s death. One of the bullets hit near a workman (pictured)

Ayaz Hussain is seen looking 'visibly shocked' in footage released by Lancashire Police as officers combed through video of the botched drive-by shooting to track down the 19-year-old's killers

Ayaz Hussain is seen looking 'visibly shocked' in footage released by Lancashire Police as officers combed through video of the botched drive-by shooting to track down the 19-year-old's killers

Ayaz Hussain is seen looking ‘visibly shocked’ in footage released by Lancashire Police as officers combed through video of the botched drive-by shooting to track down the 19-year-old’s killers

She was hit while on a trip to a nearby supermarket to buy food ready for when her family would break their Ramadan feast that evening, but never returned home.

Police swooped on the scene and were soon in R1 Tyres, owned by Suleman, asking to view security camera footage of the incident that took place on the road in front.

A clip released by investigators shows accomplice Hussain, 36, who recruited the gunman, reacting in horror as officers spot the shooting in the video.

Investigators went on to review 88,000 hours of CCTV footage and seize 120 mobile phones before making 23 arrests, charging eight, in the search for Aya’s killers.

On Thursday, Suleman, of Blackburn, was ordered to serve a minimum of 34 years before he can be considered for parole.

Anthony Ennis

Anthony Ennis

Zamir Raja

Zamir Raja

Suleman, 40, Kashif Manzoor, 26, Ayaz Hussain, 35, Abubakr Satia, 32, Zamir Raja (right), 33, Anthony Ennis (left), 31, Uthman Satia, 29, were today found guilty of murder at Preston Crown Court

Kashif Manzoor

Kashif Manzoor

Feroz Suleman

Feroz Suleman

All seven men were also convicted of the attempted murder of Pachah Khan while Chapman was acquitted of the attempted murder of Mr Khan. Left: Kashif Manzoor. Right: Feroz Suleman

Ayaz Hussain

Ayaz Hussain

Uthman Satia

Uthman Satia

Left: Ayaz Hussain. Right: Uthman Satia. Lancashire Police today released the footage showing the moments leading up to Aya’s death

Preston Crown Court heard the drive-by shooting was organised by Suleman, who had been embroiled in a bitter feud with his neighbour and business rival Mr Khan. Pictured: Abubakr Satia

Preston Crown Court heard the drive-by shooting was organised by Suleman, who had been embroiled in a bitter feud with his neighbour and business rival Mr Khan. Pictured: Abubakr Satia

Judy Chapman

Judy Chapman

Preston Crown Court heard the drive-by shooting was organised by Suleman, who had been embroiled in a bitter feud with his neighbour and business rival Mr Khan. Left: Abubakr Satia. Right: Judy Chapman

The gunman, Zamir Raja, 33, of Stretford, was jailed for a minimum of 34 years and his driver, Anthony Ennis, 31, of Partington, must serve at least 33 years.

Fellow accomplices Ayaz Hussain, 36, Abubakr Satia, 32, both of Blackburn; his brother, Uthman Satia, 29, of Great Harwood, and Kashif Manzoor, 26, of Blackburn were handed minimum terms of 32 years, 28 years, 28 years, and 27 years, respectively.

Judy Chapman, the girlfriend of Uthman Satia, was also found guilty of manslaughter and will be sentenced in October.

What were each of the defendants convicted for?

  • Feroz Suleman, 40, of Blackburn instigated and organised the hit.
  • Abubakr Satia, 32, of Blackburn sourced the Avensis used in the shooting and was also involved in buying petrol afterwards to burn out the car, however, this did not go ahead.
  • Kashif Manzoor, 26, of Blackburn was responsible for ensuring the Avensis used to transport the shooter was running on the day of the incident.
  • Judy Chapman, 26, of Great Harwood, drove the gunman and driver from Bolton to the Avensis on Wellington Road, Blackburn and collected them afterwards in the afternoon of the shooting.
  • Uthman Satia, 29, of Great Harwood – Judy Chapman’s partner – was also responsible for transporting the gunman and driver to and from the Avensis on Wellington Road as Chapman’s front seat passenger.
  • Ayaz Hussain, 35, of Blackburn was the link between the Lancashire offenders and Zamir Raja and Anthony Ennis, based in Manchester. He played a key role in organising and orchestrating the shooting and was in company of Abubakr Satia when the petrol to burn out the Avensis was bought.
  • Zamir Raja, 33, of Stretford, Manchester was responsible for sourcing and transporting the firearm used in the shooting, as well as firing the shots.
  • Anthony Ennis, 31, Partington drove the Avensis carrying the gunman during the shooting. 
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Following the conclusion of the group’s trial, Lancashire Police have shared multiple clips and images breaking down the expansive investigation into the shooting in May last year. 

Another video shows Chapman and boyfriend Satia collecting hitman Raja and driver Ennis from Bolton on the day of the shooting.

Back at the R1 Tyres forecourt, boss Suleman is caught on CCTV looking over his shoulder towards Pacha’s Quick Shine car wash, in anticipation of what was about to happen.

Manzoor is then seen returning with jump leads, which investigators believe were used to start the Avensis.

The men were jailed yesterday in front of Aya’s heartbroken father Ismail, mother Samar and brother Ibrahim, who watched on from the public gallery. 

In a statement, Aya’s father Ismail told the court: ‘They didn’t just kill Aya, they killed our family. The light in our lives has gone out.’

Yesterday, horrific footage showed the moment Aya’s drive-by killers opened fire on a rival tyre firm but hit her at point-blank range as she walked to the shop.

CCTV captured the 19-year-old law student walking past the garage on the way to Lidl before she was hit in the chest by a stray bullet shot from a Toyota Avensis.

The force of the blast sent the round straight through her body and into a nearby telegraph pole.

She was not the intended target of the shooting, which came after a long-running feud between rival tyre firm owners Suleman and Pachah Khan.  

Judy Chapman, 26, was cleared of murdering Aya but found guilty of manslaughter after a 12-week trial.

All seven men were also convicted of the attempted murder of Pachah Khan while Chapman was acquitted of the attempted murder of Mr Khan.

Lancashire Police also released the footage showing the moments leading up to Aya’s death.

The clip shows the Toyota slowly approach the garage as one of the early rounds burst a bucket near one of the workers – causing him to spin around in horror.

The video ends by showing innocent bystander Aya standing on the path between the shooter and the target – just feet away from the gun that killed her. 

Preston Crown Court heard the drive-by shooting was organised by Suleman, who had been embroiled in a bitter feud with his neighbour and business rival Mr Khan.

Suleman hired Raja, a hitman from Manchester, to carry out the shooting for the price of £1,500.

Raja, of no fixed address, refused to fully participate in cross-examination and later pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

On his behalf, his legal team argued it was never his intention to kill and he had set out on a mission to ‘scare or intimidate’ Mr Khan and his workers at Quickshine Tyres.

The Toyota Avensis driven by Ennis with hitman Raja on board drove past Quickshine Tyres on three occasions shortly before the fatal fourth journey.

Footage from CCTV cameras captured Suleman stood outside his premises next door at RI Tyres with a ‘ringside seat’ to the shooting.

The first shot hit the front window of Quickshine and the second was let off as Lebanese-born Ms Hachem walked by – hitting her rather than the intended target.

Nicholas Johnson QC previously told the jury Raja, the man who he says fired the shot that killed Aya, fled to Portugal via Dublin nine days after the incident. 

Lancashire Police released new photographs of Aya Hachem today after her killers were convicted

Lancashire Police released new photographs of Aya Hachem today after her killers were convicted

Lancashire Police released new photographs of Aya Hachem today after her killers were convicted

Lancashire Police released new photographs of Aya Hachem today after her killers were convicted

Lancashire Police released new photographs of Aya Hachem (left and right) today after her killers were convicted

The force of the blast sent the round straight through Aya's body and into a nearby telegraph pole (pictured)

The force of the blast sent the round straight through Aya's body and into a nearby telegraph pole (pictured)

The force of the blast sent the round straight through Aya's body and into a nearby telegraph pole (pictured)

The force of the blast sent the round straight through Aya's body and into a nearby telegraph pole (pictured)

The force of the blast sent the round straight through Aya’s body and into a nearby telegraph pole (pictured)

Ammunition in the car was found by officers and released by Lancashire Police today after the men were convicted

Ammunition in the car was found by officers and released by Lancashire Police today after the men were convicted

Ammunition in the car was found by officers and released by Lancashire Police today after the men were convicted

A search of the Nissan Juke which Raja drove to Liverpool with Anthony Ennis on  May 16 revealed a similar bullet to the one that killed Aya

A search of the Nissan Juke which Raja drove to Liverpool with Anthony Ennis on  May 16 revealed a similar bullet to the one that killed Aya

A search of the Nissan Juke which Raja drove to Liverpool with Anthony Ennis on  May 16 revealed a similar bullet to the one that killed Aya

The Avensis is pictured in situ where it was found on Wellington Road following the shooting

The Avensis is pictured in situ where it was found on Wellington Road following the shooting

The Avensis is pictured in situ where it was found on Wellington Road following the shooting

Three days later Anthony Ennis, the man accused of being Raja’s driver at the time of the hit, flew to the continent on his brother’s passport, it was heard.

Prosecutors say a meet up between the pair in which they initially pretended not to know each other but later embraced in a ‘brotherly hug’ was caught on CCTV.

Nicholas Johnson QC told the jury at Preston Crown Court: ‘They thought they had got away with murder. Home free.’

By this stage, other suspects Feroz Suleman, Judy Chapman, Kashif Manzoor, Abubkar Satia, Uthman Satia and Hussain Ayaz had all been arrested.

Ten days after he had travelled to Portugal, Raja returned to the UK in a car he had hired with Ennis in Portugal, Mr Johnson told the court.

Mr Johnson said the feud between Suleman and Mr Khan started in 2019 when Quickshine began selling tyres next door to RI after previously only washing cars.

This resulted in ‘bad blood’, it was heard, and a plan was hatched to kill Mr Khan and/or someone else at Quickshine.

Aya, a second-year student at the University of Salford, died in hospital from a single gunshot wound a short time later of an 'irreversible' cardiac arrest

Aya, a second-year student at the University of Salford, died in hospital from a single gunshot wound a short time later of an 'irreversible' cardiac arrest

Aya, a second-year student at the University of Salford, died in hospital from a single gunshot wound a short time later of an 'irreversible' cardiac arrest

Aya, a second-year student at the University of Salford, died in hospital from a single gunshot wound a short time later of an 'irreversible' cardiac arrest

Aya (left and right), a second-year student at the University of Salford, died in hospital from a single gunshot wound a short time later of an ‘irreversible’ cardiac arrest

Kashif Manzoor's text messages were also revealed by Lancashire Police today as they shared evidence used in the case

Kashif Manzoor's text messages were also revealed by Lancashire Police today as they shared evidence used in the case

Kashif Manzoor's text messages were also revealed by Lancashire Police today as they shared evidence used in the case

Kashif Manzoor's text messages were also revealed by Lancashire Police today as they shared evidence used in the case

Kashif Manzoor’s text messages were also revealed by Lancashire Police today as they shared evidence used in the case 

The court heard Aya, an aspiring solicitor, was walking along King Street in Blackburn at 3pm on May 17, 2020, when she was hit.

Aya, a second-year student at the University of Salford, died in hospital from a single gunshot wound a short time later of an ‘irreversible’ cardiac arrest.

Her distraught parents said she was the ‘most loyal, devoted daughter’ who enjoyed spending time with her family.

Aya and her family were also known to be heavily involved with Blackburn’s asylum seeker and refugee community.

She herself had fled war-torn Lebanon for a new life in the UK and had passed her second year exams shortly before her tragic death.

She was a trustee with the Children’s Society and won Student of the Year at Blackburn Central High School in 2016. 

Timeline of the plot to attack a rival tyre firm that lead to Aya Hachem being killed in the crossfire

May 1, 2020: The most recent dispute between the two tyre firms happened on the Friday, when a workman trying to access Quick Shine’s yard to put up a sign for RI Tyres was denied entry and allegedly threatened.

May 6, 2020: The attack planning began. Abubakr Satia contacted an associate to arrange to buy a cheap, expendable car, which was to be used in the shooting.

May 10, 2020: He paid £300 for a 53 plate Toyota Avensis, financed by Feroz Suleman. It was in working order but had a battery issue meaning it often needed jump starting.

May 16, 2020:  Zamir Raja and Anthony Ennis met with up with Ayaz Hussain and Feroz Suleman in Blackburn after travelling together to Liverpool in an associate’s car.

At around 6.35pm, the four, driven by Hussain, scoped out and travelled the route the Avensis was to take, meaning that Raja and Ennis – from Manchester – could familiarise themselves with the area ahead of what was due to take place the following day.

Suleman, who had left his mobile phone in his car which was parked up on his street to provide an alibi for his location, was seen on CCTV hanging out of the back of the car when collecting latex gloves from a colleague at another RI Tyres location on Copy Nook.

The Avensis was moved on to a car park on Wellington Road a short time later, ready to be used the next afternoon. It was also where it was to be dumped after the shooting.

Later that night, Suleman – who had been uncontactable due to his phone being in his car – was contacted by his girlfriend who accused him of being unfaithful. Kashif Mansoor messaged her to try and explain that Suleman had not cheated on her but instead, they had been up to something, saying ‘you’ll find out tomorrow probably read it in the papers.’

May 17, 2020: In a voice note sent to the same woman over Instagram in the early hours of the day of the shooting, Suleman said: ‘I was actually on a little bit of a mission…’

Later that day at around 1.50pm, Judy Chapman and her boyfriend, Uthman Satia, drove from their home in Great Harwood in her car, a blue Ford Fiesta, to the car park on Wellington Road, where Uthman checked on the Avensis.

At around 2.25pm, the pair began their journey to collect Raja and Ennis from Bolton. CCTV captured them getting into Chapman’s Fiesta, with Uthman Satia collapsing the passenger seat to allow them access. Ennis was seen carrying two plastic bags, while Raja was also in possession of a separate carrier bag.

At 2.40pm, Kashif Manzoor went to the Wellington Road car park, jumpstarting the Avensis and kept watch of it whilst it was running, ahead of the arrival of Chapman’s Fiesta containing the shooter and driver.

While on their journey at around 2.45pm, Chapman and her passengers, Uthman Satia, Raja and Ennis met with Ayaz Hussain and Abubakr Satia – in his Range Rover – on Jack Walker Way. Here, it is believed, they were given final instructions.

Afterwards, the Fiesta continued to Wellington Road, where Zamir Raja and Anthony Ennis exited, getting into the Avensis to carry out their planned execution. They left with Ennis at the wheel and Raja in the back at 2.57pm, driving by Quick Shine on the opposite side of the road.

They went behind RI Tyres, turning around so they would be on the same side of the road as Quick Shine and their target, Pacha Khan. The back window of the car was lowered in preparation.

They drove by a second time, where Mr Khan was stood outside. Feroz Suleman, on the forecourt of RI Tyres, was seen on CCTV looking over his shoulder towards Quick Shine, in anticipation of what was he thought was about to happen.

The Avensis passed by, turned around in a street behind again, repeating the journey past Quick Shine without incident. Before the final trip, the back-passenger window was again lowered in preparation for the firearm to be aimed and fired.

As this was happening, Kashif Manzoor pulled up at RI in his car, parking on the forecourt. He got out, carrying jump leads which are believed to have started the Avensis around 20 minutes previously and was seen on CCTV looking directly at it as the car was driven by a final time.

At 3pm, the Avensis passed Quick Shine on the fourth occasion, slowing down as it travelled by. The gun was pointed towards Pacha Khan, fired, and hit one of Quick Shine’s windows.

It then sped up and a second shot was fired, hitting Aya Hachem. Pacha Khan instantly jumped over a surrounding fence to go and help, whilst Suleman showed little reaction.

Ennis and Raja continued on to Wellington Road, dumped the Avensis and got into Chapman’s Fiesta who, still in company of her boyfriend Uthman Satia, drove them back to Bolton.

Just after the shooting at 3.01pm, Ayaz Hussain and Abubakr Satia visited Rosehill Service Station, filling a jerry can with petrol, which is believed to have been destined for burning out the Avensis.

The pair then went back to the scene of the shooting in Satia’s Range Rover, which slowed down as it passed a crowd of people who had rushed to assist Aya as she lay injured on the ground. It is thought that the gathering of the public and the responding police patrols deterred the pair from carrying out the plan to burn the Avensis. Instead, they headed away from the scene and Hussain called Feroz Suleman.

Police flooded the area and located the Avensis within an hour of the shots being fired. A subsequent search revealed an unspent cartridge similar to a bullet found on the forecourt of Quick Shine, in the rear of the car.

As officers went to view CCTV at RI Tyres given the building’s close proximity to Quick Shine, Ayaz Hussain was seen looking visibly shocked when the footage showed Aya being shot. Suleman then gestured towards the door, walking out of the room with Hussain and Abubakr Satia. The trio walked to an upstairs area but returned to where the CCTV was being watched by officers within minutes.

Abubakr Satia was still in the room when a voice announced over police radio that the Avensis had been found. He hastily exited the room and went to speak to Suleman and Hussain, who were now on the forecourt of RI. They got in Abubakr Satia’s Range Rover and headed in the direction of Wellington Road – where the Avensis had been dumped – before returning.

May 18, 2020: Feroz Suleman was arrested.

May 19, 2020: He was followed by Abubakr Satia on the Tuesday. His car was seized and while police were waiting it for to be collected, Satia’s phone – on the driver’s seat – was remotely wiped. Specialist officers were, however, later able to recover its contents.

May 20, 2020: Judy Chapman and Uthman Satia’s arrests followed on the Wednesday.

May 21, 2020: Ayaz Hussain and Kashif were detained on the Thursday.

May 26, 2020: Nine days after Aya was killed, Zamir Raja – driven by an associate he intimidated into taking him – travelled to Glasgow Airport and boarded a flight to Dublin, catching a further plane to Lisbon in Portugal.

May 29, 2020: Three days later, Anthony Ennis flew out of Heathrow Airport using a relative’s passport, meeting up with Raja at Lisbon Airport.

June 3, 2020: The pair booked into a hotel in Marbella.

June 5, 2020: Raja boarded a ferry from France to the UK.

June 6, 2020: He was arrested at Euston Train Station in London, close to a train which was departing to Manchester.

A search of the Nissan Juke which Raja drove to Liverpool with Anthony Ennis on Saturday May 16, revealed a similar bullet to the one that killed Aya.

July 4, 2020: Anthony Ennis was arrested by Spanish authorities in Fuengirola. He was later extradited back to the UK.

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