Herbie Hide mansion death: Taffy Khan's mother 'outraged' over inquest

Tafadzwa "Taffy" Khan, Image copyright Norfolk Police
Image caption Tafadzwa Khan was at a party at Herbie Hide's mansion in Bawburgh near Norwich

The mother of a man killed during a party at a boxer's mansion has said she is "outraged" his death was not found to be unlawful.

Tafadzwa "Taffy" Khan, 25, was found stabbed to death at Herbie Hide's home in Bawburgh, Norfolk, in 2012.

Coroner Jacqueline Lake told an inquest she could not be certain the "unprovoked" attack on Mr Khan amounted to an unlawful killing.

His mother Shereen Sinclair said his family felt "cheated" by the verdict.

About 200 people were believed to have been at Hide's mansion on 18 March, although police said the former heavyweight boxer was not there when Mr Khan died.

Police charged a 20-year-old man with murder, but the case was dropped in 2013 and Mr Khan's death remains unsolved.

Image caption Herbie Hide, pictured at his house in Bawburgh, was not there when Mr Khan died
Image copyright AP
Image caption Herbie Hide won the WBO heavyweight title for the first time in 1994 and regained the title in 1997

Delivering her narrative verdict at the conclusion of Thursday's inquest, Norfolk coroner Ms Lake urged witnesses to break their silence.

Mr Khan's mother Shereen Sinclair said she was "absolutely outraged" at the verdict and her family felt "like we've been cheated by the system".

'Wall of silence'

"The hope I have is that the police would look at the people who made statements," she said.

"It's wasting time looking for other people to come forward as I don't think they're going to.

"I can see that 29 people made statements and to me that's not a wall of silence."

Image caption Shereen Sinclair said "my heart is heavy and it's never going to get any better"
Image caption About 200 people attended the event at Mr Hide's mansion in Long Lane

Norfolk Police reiterated their appeal for witness to come forward.

Det Insp Marie James said: "Time has passed since this incident and allegiances may have changed.

"People who felt they couldn't speak at the time, either feeling scared or intimidated, may feel differently now.

"I would appeal directly to those people to do the right thing and come forward - their help is vital in giving Taffy's family answers."

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