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Leicester men convicted over fatal stabbing

(L to R)Terrance Carlos, Joshua Goffe, Shafee Shabbaz
Image caption The three men will be sentenced in June

Three Leicester men have been convicted over the fatal stabbing of a man.

Nazir Taj Sheikh, 36, bled to death after being attacked on St Saviours Road, Leicester, on 8 March, 2010.

Terrance Carlos, 19, was convicted of murder while Shafee Shabbaz, 19, and Joshua Goffe, 20, were convicted of manslaughter at Leicester Crown Court.

All three, who had denied charges of murder, were also found guilty of conspiracy to rob. They are due to be sentenced in June.

Carlos, of St Peter's Road, was unanimously found guilty by the jury. Shabbaz, of Melbourne Street, and Goffe, of no fixed abode, were convicted by majority verdicts.

'Life sentence'

Det Supt Craig Moore, who led the murder investigation, said after the case: "Nazir's murder took place in broad daylight outside a school which quite rightly caused a great deal of anxiety within the community.

"This has been a difficult time for Nazir's family who have shown a great deal of dignity throughout the proceedings and I hope these verdicts help them to move on with their lives and put the events of the last 12 months behind them."

In a statement, Mr Sheikh's family said: "We welcome the verdicts but no verdict will truly justify the taking of Nazir's life. They gave Nazir the death sentence that day and gave his family and friends a life sentence.

"Our future will always feel incomplete without the love and humour Nazir bought to our lives".

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