Two men have been found guilty of killing a Sheffield man over a drugs debt.
Mohammed Khalil died in the Northern General Hospital after being stabbed through the heart and lungs at his home in Darnall last October.
Corry Walters, aged 22, of Stubbin Lane, Firth Park, was found guilty of his murder with accomplice Connor O’Brien, 26, of Jubilee Road, Sheffield, found guilty of manslaughter at Sheffield Crown Court today.
The pair were arrested as part of the investigation and were both charged with murder after Walters’ blood was found on the door of Mr Khalil’s home and a witness recognised O’Brien’s voice.
Walters admitted stabbing Mr Khalil but claimed it was in self-defence. However, the jury did not accept this defence and he was convicted of murder.
O’Brien denied murder and was convicted of manslaughter.
Callum Walters, 21, of Valentine Crescent, Sheffield, and Nicole Poppe 22, of Ecclesfield Road, Sheffield followed a witness around Sheffield city centre making threats to him and telling him to withdraw his evidence.
They were both convicted of witness intimidation.
Senior investigation officers Detective Chief Inspector David Stopford said: “This was a senseless and brutal murder over a small amount of money allegedly owed by the victim.
“I am pleased the defendants were all rightfully found guilty for the parts they played and will now have to take responsibility for what they did.”
Mr Khalil’s family has issued the following statement.
They said: “The cowardly and senseless actions that took place on Khalil’s doorstep in the early hours of October 21 will permanently remain with the family.
“Khalil had moved to Sheffield for a new life, yet his life was extinguished and he was denied the chance to settle down, get married, have children.
“What happened, serves to remind all of us about the evils of drugs and knives and the absolute devastation and destruction these evils can cause and indeed have caused.
“We would like to express our thanks to South Yorkshire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service for all of their very hard work, working in very challenging circumstances to bring those responsible to justice.”
“We would respect that our wishes for privacy are adhered to.”
A jury at Sheffield Crown Court gave unanimous guilty verdicts in the cases of all four defendants following a five-week trial.
They will be sentenced at a later date.
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