Getaway driver, 27, for gunman who murdered innocent law student, 19, in drive by shooting while she was on her way to shops is jailed for 15 years
- Female getaway driver Judy Chapman, 27, has been jailed for 15 years today
- She is eighth person jailed for their role in the murder of innocent law student
- Aya Hachem, 19, was shot in the chest by hired hitman Zamir Raja, 33, last May
A female getaway driver for a gunman who killed an innocent law student in a ‘senseless and shocking’ drive-by shooting has been jailed for 15 years.
Judy Chapman, 27, has become the eighth person to be jailed for their role in the murder of Aya Hachem, 19, as she shopped for groceries near her home last May.
Aya was shot in the chest by hired hitman Zamir Raja, 33, in Blackburn, Lancashire.
She was not the intended target of the shooting, which came after a long-running feud between rival tyre firm owners Feroz Suleman and Pachah Khan.
Seven people were jailed in August to a total of more than 200 years for their involvement in the killing of Aya and the attempted murder of Mr Khan.
Female getaway driver Judy Chapman, 27, was jailed for 15 years today for her role in the murder of innocent law student in a botched drive-by shooting in Blackburn last May
The gunman, Zamir Raja, 33, of Stretford, was jailed for a minimum of 34 years and his driver, Anthony Ennis, 31, of Partington, must serve at least 33 years.
Fellow accomplices Ayaz Hussain, 36, Abubakr Satia, 32, both of Blackburn; his brother, Uthman Satia, 29, of Great Harwood, and Kashif Manzoor, 26, of Blackburn were handed minimum terms of 32 years, 28 years, 28 years, and 27 years, respectively.
Judy Chapman, of Great Harwood, the girlfriend of Uthman Satia, drove the gunman and driver from Bolton to the Toyota Avensis which was used to carry out the shooting and collected them afterwards.
She was found guilty of Aya’s manslaughter but not guilty of the attempted murder of Khan following a trial at Preston Crown Court.
Aya Hachem, 19, (pictured) was hit by a stray bullet from a hired hitman Zamir Raja, 33, who intended to kill a tyre-boss’ rival as she shopped for groceries near her home
Aya, 19, had left home to go to the local shop to buy food, ready for her family to eat when they broke their Ramadan fast that evening. Tragically, she never made it home.
As she walked by Quick Shine Car Wash, she was struck by a bullet shot from the passing Avensis.
The bullet travelled right through her body and out the other side and came to a stop in a nearby telegraph pole.
Despite the best efforts of passers-by, police and paramedics Aya sadly died after being taken to hospital.
Senior investigating officer Zoe Russo from Lancashire Police said: ‘Today’s sentence brings to a conclusion the trial of the eight defendants which is one of the largest and most complex investigations in the history of Lancashire Constabulary.
Lancashire Police released footage showing the moments leading up to Aya’s death. One of the bullets hit near a workman (pictured)
Seven people were jailed in August to a total of more than 200 years for their involvement in the killing of Aya and the attempted murder of Mr Khan. Pictured: Anthony Ennis, 31, (left) Zamir Raja, 33 (right)
All seven men were also convicted of the attempted murder of Pachah Khan while Chapman was acquitted of the attempted murder of Mr Khan. Left: Kashif Manzoor. Right: Feroz Suleman
Preston Crown Court heard the drive-by shooting was organised by Suleman, who had been embroiled in a bitter feud with his neighbour and business rival Mr Khan. Pictured left: Ayaz Hussain. Right: Uthman Satia
Judy Chapman, of Great Harwood, the girlfriend of Uthman Satia, drove the gunman and driver from Bolton to the Toyota Avensis which was used to carry out the shooting and collected them afterwards. Left: Abubakr Satia. Right: Judy Chapman
‘I would like to once again thank the public, particularly the community of Blackburn, for their support during this investigation, and the many officers and staff who worked incredibly hard to get to the truth to secure justice for Aya.
‘My thoughts today are with her family and all of those who loved her.’
During the trial, the court heard Aya, an aspiring solicitor, was walking along King Street in Blackburn at 3pm on May 17, 2020, when she was hit.
Aya, a second-year student at the University of Salford, died in hospital from a single gunshot wound a short time later.
Her distraught parents said she was the ‘most loyal, devoted daughter’ who enjoyed spending time with her family.
Aya (pictured) had left home to go to the local shop to buy food, ready for her family to eat when they broke their Ramadan fast that evening but was struck by a bullet shot from the passing Avensis as she walked by Quick Shine Car Wash
Aya (left and right), a second-year student at the University of Salford, died in hospital from a single gunshot wound a short time later of an ‘irreversible’ cardiac arrest
Aya and her family were also known to be heavily involved with Blackburn’s asylum seeker and refugee community.
Her family had fled war-torn Lebanon for a new life in the UK when she was a youngster and she had passed her second year exams shortly before her tragic death.
She was a trustee with the Children’s Society and won Student of the Year at Blackburn Central High School in 2016.
In a touching tribute online at the time of Aya’s death, Noreen Hussain said: ‘Aya Hachem was exactly the type of young woman I’d love for her to aspire to be like.’
Aya’s heartbroken family previously said: ‘To our dear beautiful angel in heaven we know you are in a better and more beautiful place.
‘We are so proud of you and we miss you so much – our lives are difficult without you.
‘You will remain in our hearts forever.
‘You loved life and despite all the struggles and barriers that we faced in this country, it did not stop you contributing to your community and charites including the Children’s Society and fundraising at Salford University where you were studying to become a barrister.
‘God chose you as an angel in his heaven. Heaven is yours and may God give us the patience after your murder. We love you.’
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