Motorist battled to save stab victim, jurors told

South Yorkshire Police supplied picture of murder victim Mubarak Ali.   October4, 2011
South Yorkshire Police supplied picture of murder victim Mubarak Ali. October4, 2011
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A MOTORIST tried to save a young man’s life as he lay dying on a Sheffield street from deep knife wounds, a court heard.

Mubarak Ali, aged 23, from Broomhall, was stabbed twice in the chest on Mount Pleasant Road, Highfield, allegedly by 22-year-old James Knowles. Jurors at Sheffield Crown Court heard Knowles murdered the criminology graduate shortly after being attacked by a gang of Somali men - including Mr Ali - inside Swarv barber’s shop on Abbeydale Road.

South Yorkshire Police supplied picture of murder victim Mubarak Ali.   October4, 2011

South Yorkshire Police supplied picture of murder victim Mubarak Ali. October4, 2011

Knowles, of Deer Park Road, Stannington, denies murder, and claims he was acting in self-defence.

Witness Alison Robinson told the jury she had taken her car to be repaired at the Autostart garage on Abbeydale Road on September 30.

She said she heard shouting from across the road, and left the garage to see two groups of men ‘posturing’.

She added one of the groups left quickly in a black car before she noticed Mr Ali lying motionless on the ground on Crowther Place.

“I hadn’t paid any attention to him because of the posturing argument that was going on,” she told the court.

Ms Robinson said Mr Ali’s friends seemed to be panicking, and she went back to the garage to call 999 before returning to the scene.

“There was blood all over him. He was rasping, and had quite irregular breathing,” she said.

She performed chest compressions, but not mouth-to-mouth because of the amount of blood on his face. Minutes later Mr Ali was rushed to the Northern General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1.45pm.

A knife with a two-and-a-quarter inch blade was found in the street, ‘heavily stained’ with Mr Ali’s blood, jurors heard.

The trial continues.