THE victim of a knife attack in Sheffield told jurors he feared he was going to die as he relived his ordeal in court.
Mubasher Yasin was stabbed as he sat in his car on Barretta Street, Fir Vale, in August last year.
He said he recognised his attackers, whom he claims were Adeel Din, aged 21 and Zabar Hussain, 24, because they are his wife’s cousins and used to visit his home every day in the year before the ambush.
Mr Yasin told Sheffield Crown Court there had been tension between the men before the attack and claimed a few weeks beforehand Hussain confronted him and said ‘we are going to kill you’ .
He said Din smashed his car windscreen while his wife and two children were sitting in the vehicle with him.
Mr Yasin said both incidents were reported to South Yorkshire Police.
Din, of Goddard Hall Road, Fir Vale and Hussain, of West Quadrant, Firth Park, Sheffield, are accused of attempted murder and wounding with intent but both deny the charges.
Mr Yasin, reliving his ordeal, demonstrated to jurors how he curled up in a ball to protect himself during the attack.
He said his car door opened and two men, whom he claimed he initially recognised from their eyes before seeing Din’s full face and hearing Hussain’s voice, both had knives and started attacking him.
“I was defending myself but as soon as I saw their eyes I recognised them straight away,” he said.
Mr Yasin said he did not initially realise he had been stabbed, but eventually felt blood ‘pouring’ down his body.
He said his brother, who was in the car with him, was ‘screaming and shouting’ and jumped out of the car to chase after the attackers.
“It happened so quick, they were both doing it together,” added Mr Yasin.
“They were trying to go for my chest.”
Mr Yasin, who had nine wounds and suffered a punctured lung in the attack, said he ran after his brother to stop him challenging the attackers before falling ill.
“I felt like I was going to die,” he said.
“I told my brother that I was going to die.”
He said of a taxi driver who rushed him to hospital: “He saved my life.”
The trial continues.