A FRIEND of Billy Khan has described the moment when he claims to have seen him fatally stabbed during a street disturbance in Elland last summer.
Fraser Bland, who lived above the 33-year-old in Charles Street, told a jury at Bradford Crown Court yesterday how he had been in his flat last August when he heard a commotion outside.
When he looked out of his window he said he could see 51-year-old Mohammed Farooq exchanging words with Billy Khan and his brother Yusuf in the road.
Mr Bland said suddenly he saw another man run down a path with what appeared to be something up his sleeve.
As he watched from the window with two friends, Mr Bland said the man, who the prosecution say was Farooq’s 40-year-old brother Miftah Ul-Haq, “stuck the nut” on Billy.
As the four men scuffled Farooq was swung on to the ground after he grabbed Yusuf Khan’s coat.
Mr Bland said Yusuf Khan ran off and was chased out of sight by Farooq.
He then alleged he saw 33-year-old Billy Khan being held in a headlock as the other man pulled back his left arm and moved it forward in a “stabbing motion” once.
“When he had Billy in a headlock he did that and he must have known because Billy’s body went limp,” said Mr Bland.
“He’s let go of him. Then he’s run away down the same way.
“Billy staggered over ... and he’s just collapsed over the wall.”
Mr Bland said he shouted “He’s been stabbed” to the others and they ran to where Billy was.
“He was unconscious, slumped over the wall being sick,” said Mr Bland.
He alleged that Ul-Haq and Farooq came back to the area and he claimed that Ul-Haq was being aggressive and asking if he wanted some.
He said Farooq’s 29-year-old son Kayshan came over and pulled his uncle away.
“He ushered both of them away so he’s helped us in a way,” added Mr Bland.
He said when Yusuf Khan came back he was told that his brother had been stabbed and he also collapsed on the pavement.
The jury has heard that Billy Khan died from a single stab wound to the abdomen and his brother was also knifed during the incident close to the Farooq family home in Langdale Street.
Farooq, his son and Ul-Haq, of Elizabeth Street, Elland, have all denied murdering Billy Khan and attempting to murder Yusuf Khan.
The trio have also pleaded not guilty to an alternative charge of wounding Yusuf Khan with intent to do him grievous bodily harm.
The jury has heard how Billy Khan was evicted from his flat the day before he died and Mr Bland described seeing an argument between Billy Khan, Mohammed Farooq and three other men the night before.
He said Billy Khan had kicked the door in at his flat and was removing some of his belongings when he was surrounded by the men.
“I think Billy thought that Kayhan’s dad was the landlord or something and he got the padlocks put on, but it had nothing to do with their family,” added Mr Bland.
He claimed that Kayshan Farooq arrived when Billy Khan had been arrested by the police and he alleged that Kayshan Farooq was upset about his dad being disrespected.
Mr Bland said: “The police just told Kayshan to calm down and that was it, he calmed down and the police took Billy to the police station.”
The trial continues.