Leeds & West Yorkshire

Shabir Choudary murder: 'Missed chances' to stop killer

Zahir Aziz (left) and Shabir Choudary
Image caption Aziz (left) had a history of violent offending before going on to kill his uncle

The family of a man murdered by his violent nephew say "so many" chances to prevent the killing were missed.

Shabir Choudary was killed by Zahir Aziz in Wakefield in 2009, while Aziz was out on licence from jail.

Last August West Yorkshire Probation Trust admitted failures in their initial risk assessment of Aziz.

After a three-year fight the Choudary family have been able to see a summary of a probation report into the case. They say it revealed further failings.

The family had asked to see the full Serious Offence Review but their request was refused.

Life sentence

After a campaign the Justice Minister Jeremy Wright intervened and said a summary of the report should be shared with them.

Nesar Rafiq, Mr Choudary's nephew and Aziz's cousin, were among relatives who saw the document on Wednesday evening.

Mr Rafiq said: "They missed so many opportunities when [Aziz] had been aggressive, drunk, been violent to other people, broken curfew, and they gave him a warning in December.

Image caption Nesar Rafiq said no one had taken responsibility for failings in monitoring of Aziz

"But in January, because they couldn't cope with him, they... sent him into the hands of my uncle and my uncle took him in and within 240 hours he was dead.

"This murder has been done as a result of a state agency, the West Yorkshire Probation Trust and others, failing in their duties to protect West Yorkshire residents."

Aziz had a history of violent offending and was given an eight-year jail term for grievous bodily harm in 2005.

He killed Mr Choudary in January 2009, days after his release, and was later jailed for life for the murder.

In a statement the probation trust said it was "committed to protecting the public and reducing reoffending".

It said: "The responsibility for this crime lies solely with Zahir Aziz.

"Unfortunately risk can never be completely eliminated but we are determined to have the best possible system in place to effectively monitor offenders in the community."

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