York & North Yorkshire

James Brabbs jailed for Easingwold murder of Mohammed Khan

Mohammed Saleem Khan
Image caption Mohammed Saleem Khan was delivering shower parts in the area

A man has been jailed for life for the murder of a delivery driver in North Yorkshire.

Mohammed Saleem Khan, 36, from Luton, was stabbed in the throat during an attempted robbery in Easingwold in the early hours of 23 September.

James Brabbs, 27, of no fixed address, changed his plea to guilty a week into his trial at Teesside Crown Court.

Sentencing him to at least 29 and a half years, the judge described Brabbs as a "thoroughly dangerous individual".

Mr Khan was found with serious injuries by an off-duty police officer after his van crashed into two bollards on Long Street.

He died later that day in hospital and a murder investigation was launched when it emerged he had been stabbed in the neck.

'Brutal and unprovoked'

Mr Khan was in Easingwold on the evening of 22 September after delivering shower parts to Leyburn in the afternoon.

Image caption James Brabbs was sentenced to a minimum of 29 and a half years

North Yorkshire Police said he met Brabbs outside a pub and the pair left together in his van, before Brabbs tried to steal money and cannabis from him.

Det Supt Heather Pearson said: "James Brabbs has finally admitted his guilt to the brutal and unprovoked attack which has left Mr Khan's family devastated.

"Brabbs has given no reasonable explanation for his actions on the night he stabbed Mr Khan in the neck."

Brabbs originally denied murder but admitted manslaughter.

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