Murder of Aya Hachem

Aya Hachem was murdered in Blackburn, Lancashire, England on 17 May 2020.[1][2]

Aya Hachem was a University of Salford law student from Lebanon who moved to the UK in 2011.[1][2]

At 15:00 BST on 17 May 2020, Hachem was mistakenly shot dead by hitman Zamir Raja in King Street, Blackburn, a large town in Lancashire, North West England.[1][2] The killing was a drive-by shooting ordered by Feroz Suleman, manager of a tyre business whose intended target was rival businessman Pachah Khan who was nearby at the time.[1][2]

After a 12-week trial at Preston Crown Court in 2021, seven men who played a part in the planned shooting were convicted of murder on 3 August and sentenced to life imprisonment on 5 August.[1][2] They are: Feroz Suleman, Zamir Raja, Anthony Ennis, Ayaz Hussain, Abubakr Satia, Uthman Satia and Kashif Manzoor.[1][2] Uthman Satia's girlfriend, Judy Chapman, was cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter.[1][2] She was sentenced on 1 October to 15 years imprisonment.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Aya Hachem: Men jailed for student's murder". BBC. 5 August 2021. Retrieved 19 January 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Vinter, Robyn (5 August 2021). "Seven men jailed for life after Blackburn student killed in botched hit". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 January 2023.
  3. ^ "Updates as Judy Chapman to be sentenced for role in the killing of Aya Hachem". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 5 December 2021.