THE distraught family of a father-of-four who was brutally stabbed to death in Gornal have launched a fresh appeal to find those involved in his killing on the first anniversary of the shocking murder.

Yasir Hussain, from Burnley in Lancashire, was stabbed outside the Golden City takeaway on Central Drive on December 4, 2018, while visiting family in Dudley.

The 34-year-old was stabbed three times in the back after the car he was sitting in with his cousin was rammed by a van on the residential street.

Detectives know up to seven people spilled out of the van, armed with knives and machetes, before running away after Mr Hussain was stabbed.

Police are hunting for the six other people thought to be involved in the disorder.

Nabeel Choudhary, aged 21-years-old, was convicted of Mr Hussain’s murder following a three-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court on October 30 where he was sentenced to serve a minimum of 26 years in prison.

On this first anniversary of his murder, Yasir's heartbroken brother-in-law Mohammed Azam called for the public to help bring Mr Hussain’s killers to justice.

Mr Azam said: “Yasir was good at heart, like a teddy bear. He was at the wrong place at the wrong time. He couldn’t hurt a fly.

“His wife and children deserve justice. His youngest child was so close to his father, he picks up the phone to Facetime his father and then realises he’s not here.

“For the community down here [in Dudley] it could be anyone else’s child, another family could suffer the same way we’re suffering.”

Mr Azam, who travelled to the West Midlands from his home in Burnley to make the impassioned appeal, spoke of the devastating impact the murder has made on Mr Hussain’s family, and that the need for justice is “eating our family alive”.

The family travelled from Lancashire to Birmingham every day during the four-week trial, where they heard how Mr Hussain was the unintended victim of a feud that had seen two warring Dudley families carry out a series of ‘tit for tat’ attacks against each other.

He said his brother-in-law was never aware of such a feud taking place.

Mr Azam said the trial had been a painful experience, but the family needed to know what happened to Yasir in his final moments.

He also paid tribute to West Midlands Police for helping his family and for regularly travelling up north to offer support.

The 39-year-old said he hopes to launch a charity in Yasir’s name to help the homeless in a bid to keep his much-missed brother-in-law’s memory alive.

Mr Azam was joined by Detective Inspector Jim Colclough, from West Midlands Police, who said: “The investigation is still live, a man has been sentenced for his part in Yasir’s murder but CCTV clearly shows that there are several persons who were involved. They can all be seen carrying weapons and running away from the scene.

“The appeal is very much to members of the public who may have been present or may have loved ones or know other people who may have been seen running away to come forward to the police or anonymously.

“From day one the aim has been to get justice for Yasir and his family but we’re only part way in getting that.”

Chief Superintendent Sally Bourner, responsible for policing in Dudley, said: “This is a tragic loss of life of a young family man, which has left four children to grow up without their father.

“The levels of violence used on our streets was shocking and unacceptable. We need to find those responsible and bring them to justice – we need your help to do this – so please do the right thing and tell us what you know.”

Anyone with information should contact police via Live Chat, at, via 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.