The man accused of murdering a 19-year-old man who he stabbed on Duckworth Lane earlier this year was found not guilty of murder or manslaughter in Bradford Crown Court this morning.
Hashim Sajjad, 20, of Wheatlands Crescent in Daisy Hill, was accused of killing Muhammed Mujahid Hussain on 22 April.
Muhammed Mujahid Hussain, known to friends as “Muj”, suffered a single stab wound to his right, lower chest, where his heart was partly punctured, during disorder in Duckworth Lane late that evening.
The 19-year-old was taken in a white Volkswagen Golf to Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) and respiratory effort was made but ultimately he was pronounced dead at 12.50am on April 23.
Mr Sajjad admitted stabbing Mr Hussain during the eight-day trial but denied the charge of murder.
On day 4 of the trial, Mr Sajjad broke into tears in the witness box on three occasions and broke down on the third, while answering questions from Mr Miskin QC about the moment of the stabbing.
Judge Rose called for a short break and as the jury left Sajjad said: “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to kill him.”
He said he was acting in self-defence when Mr Hussain came towards him, face covered, with a machete and another weapon in his other hand.
The prosecution in the case was led by Mr Mark McKone QC, while the defence was led by Mr Charles Miskin QC, with his junior counsel, Ms Bailey.
The jury deliberated for five hours and 24 minutes.
Mr Sajjad was found not guilty of murder or manslaughter by the jury. Mr Sajjad will be sentenced this Friday.