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Dad fatally stabbed in chest in brutal attack

A father-of-three was fatally stabbed after visiting an address to purchase drugs.

Hazim Al-Bajouri, 43, died after being knifed in the chest by Cyle Crowley, 19, in Birmingham last year.

Mr Al-Bajouri and an associate had gone to Crowley's address on Hunter’s Road on on 12 June.

Police described the attack as sudden and brutal, and said Crowley enlisted the help of his father and friend in the aftermath.

Crowley was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter following a three week trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

His father Carl Dunning, 43, and friend Khalil Henriques, 23, were found guilty of assisting an offender.

Cyle Crowley
Cyle Crowley was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter

CCTV showed Crowley and Henriques at a bus stop on Hunter’s Road with Mr Al-Bajouri and an associate before a knife was plunged into the victim's chest, West Midlands Police said.

The defendants fled the scene and went back into the house.

In an attempt to hide evidence, Henriques tried to put Crowley’s jumper in the washing machine.

The killer was then said to have called on his father for help.

Carl Dunning, 43, and friend Khalil Henriques, 23
Crowley enlisted the help of his father Carl Dunning, 43, and friend Khalil Henriques, 23

Officers explained Dunning swapped clothes with his son before changing once more and going to the bus stop where the incident happened.

The father was said to have told the paramedics saving Mr Al-Bajouri's life that he was an innocent member of the public.

He was arrested at the scene shortly afterwards.

Police arrested Crowley and Henriques at an address in Birmingham the following day.

They recovered Crowley’s jumper which was found to have Mr Al-Bajouri's blood on it.

Detective Insp Michelle Thurgood said there was no sign of any threat or physical violence between Crowley and Mr Al-Bajouri, and described it as a unexpected assault.

In tribute, Mr Al-Bajouri's children said: “Daddy we really love you, we are so sad you are gone.

“We miss you, we talk and think about you every day. We we won’t forget to pray for you.”

Crowley and Henriques, of Hunter's Road, Birmingham and Dunning, of Queens Head, Birmingham, will be sentenced on 8 March at Birmingham Crown Court.

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