Darnall community unites after New Year’s Eve murder

Zabair Hussain
Zabair Hussain
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The Darnall community has come together to remember a ‘loved’ father who was tragically murdered on New Year’s Eve - and to condemn increasing violence in the area.

Men, women and children have been paying respects to Zabair Hussain, 41, every single day since he was killed in an attack on Staniforth Road, Darnall, on December 31.

Zabair Hussain

Zabair Hussain

Mr Hussain has been described by family and friends as a loved and respected member of the community - whose untimely death has left a dark cloud over people.

Ali Arman, brother-in-law to Mr Hussain, said: “Zabair was a good kid. He looked out for his family and friends.

“Nobody is perfect. But what happened to him should not ever happen to anybody. The whole community is devastated by Zabair’s death.”

Mr Arman said the tragedy has also cast renewed fear into the hearts of the community.

He said: “The family suffers more than anyone at times like this. But when one family suffers, the whole community suffers.

“It’s been going off in Darnall for some years now. Crime is going up, gangs, violence is going up and the whole community is devastated by this.”

He added: “The family just want people with information to come forward. The sooner the investigation is over, the sooner we can have Zabair’s body and give him a funeral.”

Mr Hussain was found with serious injuries at around 11.20pm on New Year’s Eve.

Despite efforts by paramedics to resuscitate him, Mr Hussian died a short time later.

Police launched a murder investigation and three people have been arrested so far.

Idris Sadiq, aged 30, of Darnall Road, Darnall, Sheffield, appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court yesterday and was remanded in custody until his case is heard again on February 4.

Two other men arrested over the death remain on police bail.

A 28-year-old man was held on suspicion of murder before being released and a 20-year-old was held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Police are searching for a Peugeot 307 car that they believe carried a group of men that attacked Mr Hussain with baseball bats.

Officers are looking for the vehicle with the registration MC57 BZP, to aid with forensic investigations.

Call South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 1023 of December 31, 2015.