A court has heard that a man who was wrongly accused of stealing a bike was stabbed to death by his cousins.
Man murdered by cousins: Mikhail Hanid, aged 47, was attacked on Ridgeway Avenue in Weston-super-Mare on 27th June this year. And suffered multiple stab wounds. He was rushed to hospital but died three days later. Cousins Curtis Ford, 27, and Samuel Ford, 30, were charged with murder after his death. While Samuel denies the charges, Curtis has pleaded guilty at Bristol Crown Court to murdering Mr Hanid.
Prosecutor Kate Brunner QC told the court that the accused had “hunted down” Mr Hanid and stabbed him multiple times. She went on to say “The prosecution say that Samuel Ford killed a man because he thought that man had stolen his bike. Samuel Ford didn’t do it alone. It was he and his cousin Curtis Ford who together, the prosecution say, killed a man.
They hunted that man down and they stabbed him repeatedly. They were charged jointly with murder.
One of the cousins, Curtis Ford, has pleaded guilty to murder. And so he is not here because he is not on trial.” Although they were related as cousins Ms Brunner told the court that Mr Hanid did not know his attackers. And that on the afternoon of 25th June Mr Hanid had spent time with friends in the town.
Later that day one of Mr Hanid’s friends, Lizzie Crow, met up with Samuel Ford. And they went to his home where he realised his bike was missing. Apparently he immediately blamed her friends, including Mr Hanid. The court were then told it was another male friend of Miss Crow’s who had taken the bike. And tried to sell it on.
Ms Brunner said that Mr Hanid was wrongly identified as the thief, with the Ford brothers “hunting him down” to exact punishment. Mr Hanid was found to have suffered 11 stab wounds, including two to the right side of his torso. Samuel Ford denies murder. He is on trial with Dominic Palmer, 31, who denies a charge of assisting an offender.The trial continues.
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