Witnesses ‘did the right thing’

Andover Street murder scene
Andover Street murder scene
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Community leaders have defended local residents who looked on in horror as a man was battered to death in a Sheffield street.

Bahman Yusif Amin, aged 33, from Firth Park, died after being beaten with a baseball bat at teatime on Monday in Pitsmoor.

Onlookers, including one who filmed the attack on video from home, did not intervene until the attacker fled.

One reader, GeorgeCR, wrote on The Star’s website: “If there were so many watching it’s a shame they couldn’t have come out sooner, maybe the attacker would have thought twice.”

ALS Sheffield asked: “How many ran over to help?”

But Coun Ibrar Hussain, who represents Burngreave, said: “It can be easier said than done. It is no reflection on community spirit.

“It is very important we understand that, if a person has called the police, they have done the right thing.”

South Yorkshire Police also backed the public who raised the alarm rather than putting themselves in danger.

A force spokesman said: “We would always advise in an emergency, if a life is at risk or a crime in progress, to call 999.”

It is believed several young children were in the area of Andover Street – home to Pye Bank CE Primary School – at the time.

Counselling has since been offered to youngsters.

And Reverend Phillip Ireson, of Christ Church Pitsmoor, delivered a special assembly to pupils as police continued to scour the nearby crime scene on Tuesday.

Rev Ireson said: “I talked briefly and we said a prayer together. We wanted to be there as a church to offer support in whatever way we could.

“I think some of the children were quite affected by it.”

n Nawzad Kamal, aged 38, from Burngreave, appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court yesterday morning charged with murder.

The case was moved to Sheffield Crown Court and Kamal was remanded in custody until Wednesday, June 26.