Darnall murder: Police in streets tonight searching for fresh info

Zabair Hussain
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Police will be in Darnall tonight to search for fresh information in connection with the murder of a man in the street on New Year’s Eve.

Between 8pm and midnight this evening (Thursday 14 January) officers from South Yorkshire Police will be in the Staniforth Road area of Darnall carrying out a further appeal for witnesses and information, two weeks after the death of Zabair Hussain.

Mr Hussain, 41, was reportedly assaulted in Staniforth Road at around 11.20pm on Thursday 31 December (New Year’s Eve).

He suffered multiple injuries to his head and body, and died a short time later.

Officers will be handing out appeal leaflets in a variety of languages to local residents and motorists passing through the area, in the hope that more people may come forward with information.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Handley, the senior investigating officer, said: “Tonight’s activity will mark two weeks since Mr Hussain was subjected to a brutal and sustained assault.

“From the information we’ve received so far, we understand that a group of men were involved in an altercation in the middle of Staniforth Road at around 11.20pm and believe that several motorists may have had to take evasive action to avoid the men.

“We need to hear from those individuals, we need to hear from those people living locally that may not yet have come forward, to understand what took place two weeks ago tonight and what lead to Mr Hussain’s death.”

A 30-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Mr Hussain. Idris Sadiq, of Darnall Road, Darnall, is currently on remand to appear before Sheffield Crown Court next month.

Two other men remain on bail in connection to the investigation: a 28-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder and a 20-year-old man arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

DCI Handley continued: “We continue to appeal for the whereabouts of a grey Peugeot 307, registration number MC57 BZP, seen in Staniforth Road before and after the alleged assault. This has not yet been found and I hope that tonight’s activity jogs someone’s memory.

“To ensure that we gather as much information as possible about the events leading up to Mr Hussain’s death, we’ve translated this appeal into several different languages because we must speak to as many members of the community as we can.

“I’d urge anyone with information to come forward. If you don’t want to provide your name, you can do this in confidence to my investigative team. Crimestoppers can also be used anonymously via 0800 555 111.”

If you witnessed the assault, or hold any information that could help officers, please call 101 or email enquiries@southyorks.pnn.police.uk quoting incident number 1023 of 31 December 2015.