A MAN collapsed and died after he was stabbed through the heart in a ‘deliberate and murderous’ attack in broad daylight near a Sheffield barber’s shop, a court heard.
Mubarak Ali, aged 23, was knifed twice in the chest by James Lewis Knowles, it is alleged.
Another jab was delivered with such force the tip of the knife broke off and was left embedded in his rib, a jury was told.
Paul Watson QC, prosecuting at Sheffield Crown Court, said Knowles murdered Mr Ali shortly after being attacked by a gang of five Somali men – including Mr Ali – as he sat in a chair at Swarv barber’s shop in Abbeydale Road on September 9 last year.
Knowles, aged 22, of Deer Park Road, Stannington, tried to run away by going to the back of the shop but he couldn’t get out and the attack continued. At least one of the attackers was armed with a piece of wood, while another was carrying a pointed, metal instrument, the court heard.
Witnesses described a ‘stand-off’ between the two groups of men on the corner of Abbeydale Road and Crowther Place.
When Knowles walked back to where he’d left his Vauxhall Astra, he was accompanied by one of the attackers, Mubarak Ali. After being stabbed, Ali ran back towards the shop, but collapsed and died.
“It is the prosecution’s case that, in spite of what happened in the barber shop, the stabbing of Mubarak Ali by this defendant when the two returned to Mr Knowles’ car was deliberate and aggressive. It was a totally murderous attack.”
Mr Watson said Knowles – who denies murder and claims he was acting in self-defence – fled to Birmingham where he was arrested a week after the killing.
The trial continues.