Two thugs involved in brutally stabbing a man to death were today branded ‘cowardly’ by the victim’s heartbroken family after they were found guilty of his killing.
Mohammed Khalil was stabbed through the heart and lungs over a minor drugs debt after being tricked into opening the door of his Darnall flat last October.
The 42-year-old died in the Northern General Hospital an hour after the vicious knife attack at his home on Greenland Drive in the early hours of October 21.
Following a five-week trial, a jury at Sheffield Crown Court found Corry Walters, aged 22, from Stubbin Lane, Firth Park, guilty of his murder yesterday afternoon.
His accomplice Connor O’Brien, 26, of Jubilee Road, Darnall, was found guilty of manslaughter after denying a murder charge.
Mr Khalil’s family said today: “The cowardly and senseless actions that took place on his 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.”
Senior investigations officer 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.”
The court heard O’Brien knew drug addict Mr Khalil and got him to open the door to his flat before the attack started over a drugs debt owed to Walters.
Walters had claimed he had went to Mr Khalil’s home to borrow a cigarette and had struck out at him with a knife in self-defence after Khalil started attacking him.
But his account was rejected by the jury.
The jury also found Walters’ brother Callum, aged 21, of Valentine Crescent, Darnall, and Nicole Poppe, aged 22, of Ecclesfield Road, guilty of witness intimidation.
The pair had pursued a key witness who overheard the fatal attack taking place around Sheffield city centre, threatening him and ordering him to retract the statement he had made to the police.
Mr Khalil had moved to Sheffield in a bid to overcome his long-standing drug addiction.
But he had been unable to escape his addiction, with traces of heroin and cocaine found in his blood following his death.
The four defendants will be sentenced at a later date.
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