Victim knifed with ‘great deal of force’

Stabbed: Mubarak Ali.
Stabbed: Mubarak Ali.
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A YOUNG man who suffered fatal knife wounds on a Sheffield street was stabbed with ‘a great deal of force’, a court heard.

Mubarak Ali, from Broomhall, was knifed in the chest on Mount Pleasant Road, Highfield, allegedly by 22-year-old James Knowles.

Jurors have been told the attack was carried out by Knowles shortly after he was set upon by a gang of Somali men - including 23-year-old Mr Ali - inside Swarv barber’s shop, Abbeydale Road.

Knowles, of Deer Park Road, Stannington, denies murder, claiming he was acting in self-defence.

Home Office pathologist Dr Charles Wilson, who carried out a post-mortem examination of Mr Ali’s body, said he found two stab wounds on the front of the victim’s chest.

He said one of the wounds was about 8cm deep and passed through the centre of the heart, close to the organ’s main artery.

Dr Wilson said he found a second, diagonal injury which was ‘absolutely typical of a stab wound caused by a single-edged blade’.

He told the jury the wound was 7cm deep, finishing at Mr Ali’s fifth rib, where a small piece of metal was embedded.

Dr Wilson said: “It took quite a big tug to get this piece of metal out of the bone.

“It takes a great deal of force to penetrate bone, even with a sharp weapon.”

There were also grazes and wounds on Mr Ali’s arms and face, he said.

The trial continues.