Drug user was robbed by murder victim

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A HEROIN user told a court he was robbed of his drugs at knifepoint by a man who was stabbed through the heart just hours later.

Sajid Mustafa, told a jury at Sheffield Crown Court dad-of-three Damian Taff threatened him with a “house knife” and ordered him to hand over his heroin.

He had gone to a drugs den in Swanbourne Road, Parson Cross, to buy heroin at around 1.30am on September 1 last year.

Mr Mustafa said: “As I was walking away, he pulled a knife out of his pocket or something, I can’t remember exactly which pocket.

“He threatened me with it and it frightened me. He said whatever I have just got, to give it to him. At first I tried to talk him down and stuff, but he was quite anxious.

“Then he punched me in the face.

“He wasn’t going, or letting me get past, so I passed him what I had and he ran off.”

The prosecution allege Mr Taff was stabbed by Benjamain Grant and Ryan Wood who were involved in the drug-dealing operation at Swanbourne Road.

They claim Mr Taff was attacked for robbing Mr Mustafa because it was not good for business and for punching Grant in the face when he confronted him over the robbery.

Drug user Donovan Cloha who also went to Swanbourne Road to buy drugs on the night of the murder told the court he got the impression Mr Taff was looking to ‘tax’ people - to steal their money or drugs.

Mr Cloha said he bought a ring from Mr Taff, a former amateur boxer, for £10, adding he seemed desperate to sell it.

He said “Taffy seemed wound up. He kept going on about boxing and who he had knocked out.”

Grant, aged 31, of Follett Road, Shiregreen, and Wood, 29, of Liberty Place, Stannington, both deny murder and conspiring to supply Class A drugs.

Antonio Anderson, 31, of Masters Crescent, Parson Cross, denies conspiring to supply Class A drugs.

Grant’s then-girlfriend Helen Thomas, 27, of Follett Road, Shiregreen, denies perverting the course of justice.

Emily Sanderson, 38, of Swanbourne Road, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply Class A drugs and perverting the course of justice.

The trial continues.