Man charged with Rotherham shop keeper’s murder

Parvaiz Iqbal
Parvaiz Iqbal
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A man arrested over the killing of South Yorkshire shopkeeper Parvaiz Iqbal has been charged with his murder.

Dad-of-three Parvaiz, aged 40, from Moorgate, Rotherham, died after an attack at the Halal butcher’s shop started up by his father 35 years ago in Grosvenor Road, Eastwood.

A post mortem examination has revealed he died of ‘multiple stab wounds’.

Naeem Mahmood, aged 27, of Herringthorpe Valley Road, Rotherham, has been charged with murder and will appear at the town’s magistrates’ court today.

Another worker at the shop – a 40-year-old Sheffield man – was also attacked, and remained in a stable condition in hospital yesterday.

Naming the victim officially as Parvaiz Hussain Iqbal, a South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “A post-mortem examination carried out on Wednesday concluded Mr Iqbal died of multiple stab wounds.”

A sea of floral tributes at the crime scene continued to grow yesterday, with shocked members of the Eastwood community visiting Mr Iqbal’s shop to pay their respects.

Family friend Omar Mehban said: “The community has been shocked to its core by what has happened.

“For many, Eid celebrations have been replaced by a period of prolonged mourning.

“Parvaiz was a well-known and well-respected character in the community. He was never without a smile and kind words.”

Call the police incident room on 0114 2963014.