Stoke-on-Trent man jailed for life for grandmother murder

A Stoke-on-Trent man, convicted of murdering a woman in Birmingham, has been sentenced to life in prison.

Birmingham Crown Court heard Madni Ahmed, of Cavendish Road, stabbed Riasat Bi’s 18-year-old grandson 15 times as he slept, before fatally stabbing Mrs Bi at her home in Small Heath in July 2018. 

He then continued upstairs where he was met by another of Riasat’s grandsons who ordered him to leave before grabbing a knife in self-defence. Ahmed refused to leave and following a scuffle he received a slash wound to his arm.

The 20-year-old fled the house via the attic window, ditching his knife in the roof guttering before jumping into a neighbour’s garden. Ahmed’s blood was later found on the fence panels as he stumbled through the garden and into a neighbour’s house, grabbing a knife from the kitchen. 

He made his way down Coventry Road before ditching his blood soaked clothes on Malmesbury Road. He had called a taxi to collect him from The Akers Trust to take him back to a hostel in Newtown. 

However, later that evening, Ahmed was arrested at hospital in Stoke-on-Trent, after detectives traced the phone he had been using throughout the day.

He was convicted of the murder of Mrs Bi and attempted murder of her grandson yesterday (10 January).

He has today been sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 36 years.

Detective Inspector Harry Harrison from Force CID, said: “This was a pre-meditated attack, with Ahmed intent on killing someone that day by taking a knife to the home of an elderly lady. 

“Ahmed claimed that he was looking for someone at the address and when he couldn’t find who he was looking for, he attacked Riasat’s grandson while he was sleeping, leaving him with life changing injuries. He then went on to carry out a horrifying attack on a defenceless elderly lady.

“This was a horrendous and violent attack and although no sentence will ever compensate for what Ahmed has caused this family, I hope they can find some closure in that justice has been served today."

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