Update on ‘despicable crime’ of murdered Glaswegian shopkeeper
As murdered Glaswegian shopkeeper Asad Shah took his last dying breaths on 24th March, his brother has told how the killer “laughed and laughed”.
Speaking to reporters, Athar Shah also spoke of his frantic fight to try to keep his brother alive after he was brutally attacked in his Glasgow store.
Athar described how he tried to defend his brother from the killer with an advertising sign.
Muslim taxi driver, Tanveer Ahmed, last week admitted murdering Mr Shah, who he said ‘had claimed to be a prophet’ in messages he posted on social media.
32-year old Ahmed travelled from Yorkshire to Glasgow and confronted Mr Shah at his store counter, before pulling out a knife and repeatedly stabbing the 40-year-old.
The Bradford father-of-three, Ahmed – who did not know the shopkeeper – claimed to have been offended by clips Mr Shah posted online which Ahmed said “disrespected the Prophet Muhammad.”
Mr Shah, a popular businessman and pillar of the community, suffered multiple wounds in the attack at his store in the Shawlands area of the city.
CCTV footage of the attack showed the moment the shopkeeper’s brother and colleague tried in vain to save his life.
Judge Lady Rae condemned the ‘despicable’ crime after hearing the facts of the case at the High Court in Glasgow.
She told Ahmed: “There’s no justification whatsoever for what you did.”
Ahmed will return to court for sentencing on 9th August.