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A 40-year-old taxi driver has been found guilty of killing two men in Bradford who were battered to death because one of them was having an affair with a married woman.
A jury found that Sabir Hussain killed Afghan electrician 35 year old Ahmedin Sayed Khyel, and his friend, labourer Imran Khan, also from Afghanistan, in Bradford, West Yorkshire, in May.
Bradford Crown Court heard the victims were killed by at least three men, including the ringleader, taxi driver Muhammed Zubair, who fled to Pakistan and has not been captured. Mr Khyel had been having an affair with Zubair's wife, Kainaat Bibi.
Today a jury cleared Hussain of murder but found him guilty of two counts of manslaughter. He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on Friday.
The jury heard Hussain was one of the men involved in the “violent attack with weapons on two defenceless men”.
The two victims were found dead, with head injuries, in a lane near the village of Tong, between Bradford and Leeds.
But the killings took place at Zubair's home in Heath Terrace, Barkerend, Bradford, and Zubair's van was used to transport the bodies. Hussain, of Wensleydale Road, Bradford, denied two counts of murder.
29 year old Mohammed Iqbal Mazar, of Athol Road, Bradford, who was cleared of perverting the course of justice relating to the removal of blood stains and blood stained furniture.
Hussain told officers that his friend Zubair attacked the two men with a hammer and, at one point, got the weapon stuck in Mr Khan's skull.
The jury was told that Mrs Bibi, 27, of Heath Terrace, has pleaded guilty to an offence of perverting the course of justice relating to statements she made to police about the whereabouts of her husband, Zubair. Jurors were also told Zubair's mother, Arab Sultana, 64, of Heath Terrace, has also pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice in relation to buying her son's flight to Pakistan.