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Aamir Siddiqi murder: Sister Miriam backs victim support services

The family of a Cardiff teenager murdered in a bungled contract killing has urged for victim support services to be protected.

Aamir Siddiqi, 17, was stabbed to death in his home in April 2010 after he answered the door to two killers.

Jason Richards, 38, and Ben Hope, 39, were convicted of his murder at Swansea Crown Court.

Their trial earlier this year had heard the pair were paid just £1,000 each by an unnamed businessman to kill a different person who lived near Aamir's home in the Roath area of the city.

Aamir's sister Miriam spoke to BBC Wales' Paul Martin ahead of changes to the way victim services are funded.

The UK government wants to maintain the murder and manslaughter service in England and Wales, so support for families like the Siddiqis would continue.

However power would be devolved for the funding of the rest of the service to police and crime commissioners.

  • 30 Aug 2013
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