A murder trial jury came face-to-face with a permanently disfigured man who had part of his nose sliced off by a meat cleaver during what he thought was going to be fist fight.
Shajidur Rahman, 20, was also left with deeps scars to his face and head in the attack in which a friend was stabbed to death.
He was giving evidence today, Wednesday, August 20, at the trial of four defendants accused of the murder of 19-year-old Isaac Stone in Bedford. The rapper was chased, trapped and set upon. He was punched repeatedly, kicked and stabbed several times. A wound that penetrated his left lung proved fatal.
Luton Crown Court heard from prosecutor Vincent Coughlin QC that the “murderous attack” happened in Costin Street, Bedford at 6.20pm on Saturday. January 25 this year, the day after a music video was posted on YouTube.
Isaac, who performed under the name Dynamikk, Shajidur Rahman and others were in the video which was entitled: “Go Missing”. In the course of the film, which was made by a media studies student, alcohol was sprayed over the name ‘Raz’ that had been painted on a wall. “It upset someone,” said the prosecutor.
In the witness box, Shajidur Rahmah said he had seen two defendants, Rubel Miah and Fahim Khan, earlier that night in an alleyway off Castle Lane, Bedford. He said they told him they had not got a problem with him, but had a problem with Isaac and another youth.
Later he was in a Corsa driven by Isaac when, in Costin Street, they saw the hired white Range Rover that |Rubel Miah and |Fahim Khan had got into.
He went on: “Everyone froze. We said ‘we have got to sort it.’ We never anticipated it would lead to what happened.
“It happened so quick. We stopped. We did not think weapons were involved. We thought it was a fist fight.
“Issac said ‘They have got something in their hands.’”
He said they got out of the car and Rubel Miah and Fahim Khan came towards them. “Fahim came up to me. I thought he had a hammer. It had a blue wrapping over the handle. I got hit by Fahim. I didn’t know at the time that it was a meat cleaver.”
Mr Rahman said he tried to defend himself but after the second or third blows he felt “dizzy.” In all he was hit five or six times before he ran off. His nose was amputated and left at the scene.
As he escaped he said he saw 4 or 5 shapes on his left and now realised one of them was Isaac. He said he was unable to get a taxi to hospital, but called a friend who took him.
Mohammed Hussain, 22, of Maitland Road, Bedford, 19 year old Rubel Miah, of Costin Street, Bedford, his brother Javed Miah, 21, also of Costin Street, Bedford and
Fahim Khan, 20, of Fenlake Road, Bedford,, are all charged with murder, attempted murder and two counts of possession of an offensive weapon.
Opening the case, Mr Coughlin said: “These four defendants involved themselves in a fast-moving, violent and savage street brawl with another group of young men.”
He said that “perhaps for show” some of the defendants had gone to Luton to hire a white Range Rover for £150. Back in Bedford they went to a hardware shop in Greenhill Street, where they bought two meat cleavers for £2.99 each.
Three of the defendants made no comment when questioned by detectives. Fahim Khan said he was not responsible for the injuries and was acting in self defence.
Mr Rahman will be cross examined tomorrow, Thursday, August 21.