Blackburn Student Aya Hachem Shot Dead ‘Amid Feud Between Tyre Firms’

A law student was “in the wrong place at the wrong time” when she was shot dead amid a feud between two tyre firm owners, a court has heard.

Aya Hachem, 19, was killed in the drive-by shooting in Blackburn, Lancashire, on 17 May 2020.

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

Eight people are on trial at Preston Crown Court accused of her murder.

Prosecutor Nicholas Johnson QC said the feud started in early 2019 when Quickshine began selling tyres next door to RI after previously only washing cars.

The “bad blood” between the men escalated and a plan was hatched to kill Mr Khan and/or someone else at Quickshine Tyres, the court heard.

Mr Johnson said: “What happened was planned in detail and involved many people.”

The court heard Ms Hachem had been walking along King Street at 15:00 when she was hit.

The prosecution allege she was shot by hired hitman Zamir Raja, who was sitting in the back of a Toyota Avensis being driven by Anthony Ennis past Quickshine Tyres.

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