A 33-YEAR-OLD man who was allegedly murdered during a street disturbance in Elland had been stabbed at the same location two years before, a jury heard.
Billy Khan died from a single stab wound to the abdomen during violence in the Poplar Court area in August last year.
His brother Yusuf, who was also stabbed during the incident last year, revealed yesterday that Billy had been knifed in a scuffle two years earlier, but no-one had been prosecuted.
During cross-examination by Miftah Ul-Haq’s barrister, William Taylor, QC, Mr Khan described how his brother had ‘stormed off’ on the day he died after finding out that he had lost his new job.
Bradford Crown Court has heard how Billy Khan was evicted from his flat in Charles Street the day before his death and had spent the night in a police cell after being arrested for kicking in the door to the property.
Mr Khan said his brother was pretty fed up when he saw him and the last straw was the news that he had lost his job.
Mr Khan went after his brother when he left their mum’s home and they ended up outside a shop in the Langdale Street area where they chatted with people outside after buying some drinks.
He told the jury he did not feel comfortable in the area because it was where his brother had been stabbed before.
The prosecution has alleged that Billy Khan was fatally stabbed last August by 40-year-old Ul-Haq, of Elizabeth Street, Elland, and that Ul-Haq’s brother 51-year-old Mohammed Farooq and nephew Kayshan Farooq, 29, both of Langdale Street, were also responsible for the murder.
All three men deny the murder charge and a further allegation of attempting to murder Yusuf Khan, who suffered a stab wound to his chest and spent five days in hospital.
The trio have also pleaded not guilty to an alternative allegation that they wounded Yusuf Khan with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm.
Ul-Haq and Kayshan Farooq have also denied a charge of intimidation.
Yusuf Khan said he believed his brother had not been armed during the stabbing incident two years before his death.