Bradford Man Jailed For Shopkeeper Murder

9 August 2016, 11:19 | Updated: 9 August 2016, 11:21

Asad Shah

A man from Bradford who stabbed a Glasgow shopkeeper to death in a religious revenge stabbing has been sentenced to life in prison.

32-year-old Tanveer Ahmed will serve a minimum of 27 years behind bars after being sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow.

The taxi driver travelled from Yorkshire to Glasgow in March to confront Asad Shah at his store before pulling out a knife and stabbing the 40-year-old.

Ahmed claimed to have been offended by clips Mr Shah had posted online which he said "disrespected the Prophet Muhammad".

He watched a clip featuring Mr Shah on his mobile phone as he travelled to Glasgow on the day of the murder and was heard in a phone message to say "listen to this guy, something needs to be done, it needs nipped in the bud".

When he arrived at the shop, Ahmed said he warned the shopkeeper he was there to kill him and asked him to stop claiming to be a prophet.

Mr Shah's brother and a shop assistant tried to fend him off as he launched his attack on the popular businessman, described by locals as a "pillar of the community".

The Shah family, who moved to Scotland from Pakistan in the 1990s to escape persecution, belong to the Ahmadi sect of Islam whose beliefs differ from the majority of Muslims.

The court heard their belief that Prophet Muhammad was not the final prophet was a view many consider blasphemous.

In a statement released through his lawyer after the killing, Ahmed said: "If I had not done this others would have and there would be more killings and violence in the world."

Judge Lady Rae said Ahmed had carried out a "brutal, barbaric, horrific crime" for which he had shown no remorse and even appeared proud of what he had done.

She described the calculated nature of the murder as "chilling", saying he had carried out what was in effect an "execution".

As he was led from the dock, Ahmed raised his hand and made a pronouncement praising the Prophet Muhammad to members of his community gathered in the court.