A 30-YEAR-OLD man has told a murder trial jury that his own life was saved by the actions of his brother.
Yusuf Khan spent five days in hospital after being stabbed in the chest during a violent confrontation in an Elland street last summer and yesterday he told Bradford Crown Court that it was his brother Billy who saved him.
Mr Khan described how he was backed up against a wall and being attacked by two men when he heard his 33-year-old brother’s last words.
He said he heard Billy shouting “Get off him” as he pulled one of the attackers away.
“What stopped the attack on you?” asked prosecutor Tom Bayliss QC.
“My brother, God bless his soul,” replied Mr Khan.
“I believe he saved my life. At that moment I thought I couldn’t take any more stabs ... I certainly believe he saved my life.”
After seeing his brother stabbed Mr Khan said he ran for his life and was pursued by Miftah Ul-Haq, 40, and his nephew Kayshan Farooq, 29.
“Kayshan and his uncle both had knives and Kayshan said out loud ‘I’m going to kill you Yuffy’ and repeated it,” alleged Mr Khan.
He told the jury that despite his injuries he managed to stumble over a garden fence, but added: “I said to myself if you don’t get up now you’re dead..”
Mr Khan described the men as looking like “wild animals”, but said they eventually gave up the chase and he was helped by a friend of his brother who put him into his van.
“I said we need to get back to Billy. Our Billy’s in trouble,” said Mr Khan. He broke down in tears as he told the jury about what he found when he was driven back to the Poplar Court area.
“I looked at my brother and my heart just sank and that were it. I just gave up and I knew he were dead,” said Mr Khan.
Mr Khan said he had been psychologically scarred by the events and added: “I’m finding it very difficult to come to terms with what’s happened.”
His brother Billy died from a single stab wound to the abdomen within hours of being released from police custody.
The day before his death he had been evicted from his flat in Charles Street and was later arrested on suspicion of damaging a door at the property.
Mr Khan told the court his brother was depressed and moody when he saw him at their mother’s home and just before they left he was told that he had also lost his job.
The prosecution allege that Billy Khan had previously caused problems outside the home of the Farooq family in Langdale Street and that they harboured considerable enmity towards him.
Mr Khan described how he and his brother had been outside a shop on Langdale Street when they became involved in verbal exchanges with Ul-Haq and Kayshan Farooq’s 51-year-old father Mohammed.
Mr Khan admitted throwing beer in Mohammed Farooq’s face when he came towards him, but he denied that either he or his brother Billy were carrying knives.
He said all of a sudden Ul-Haq appeared and shouted ‘come on then.’
“At this point I remember my brother saying let them throw the first punch,” said Mr Khan.
“I remember thinking to myself I don’t want to fight at this moment.”
He alleged that he was attacked by Mohammed Farooq and his brother Ul-Haq and remembered feeling a “thud” in his chest.
Mohammed Farooq, Kayshan Farooq and Ul-Haq all deny murdering Billy Khan and attempting to murder his brother.
The trio have also pleaded not guilty to an alternative charge of wounding Yusuf Khan with intent to do him grievous bodily harm.
Kayshan Farooq and Ul-Haq have also denied a charge of intimidation in relation to Yusuf Khan’s girlfriend.
The trial continues.