A woman who drove a hitman to a botched assassination which left an innocent student dead has been jailed for 15 years.
Judy Chapman faced sentencing after being convicted of manslaughter for her role in the incident.
The 27-year-old was part of a gang who plotted to shoot Pasha Khan, the proprietor of Quickshine Tyres, however the hitman who pulled the trigger botched the attempt and fatally shot a 19-year-old girl.
Aya Hachem, a law student, was “in the wrong place at the wrong time” when she was hit by a bullet as she walked to a local shop on May 17 2020.
Seven men have previously been jailed over Aya’s murder and now Judy Chapman has been handed a 15-year sentence.
Preston Crown Court heard Chapman and her then partner Uthman Satia drove gunman Zamir Raja and getaway driver Anthony Ennis from Bolton to Blackburn, where they collected the Toyota Avensis which was used in the shooting, according to Lancaster Live.
Mr Justice Turner, sentencing, said: “The help that you provided to this enterprise was significant, and given in the full knowledge that the gunman would fire a gun with live ammunition in the course of a drive-by shooting in full daylight in a public place.”
After the shooting, Chapman tried to distance herself from the conspiracy by calling the police to report her car had been stolen.
She also researched the location of ANPR cameras to provide a false account of her movements on May 17.
The court heard Chapman, of Great Harwood, had a troubled background, marked by domestic violence and drug abuse. She claimed to be acting under pressure from rival business owner Feroz Suleman – who was “the driving force behind the conspiracy”.
But Mr Justice Turner said ‘feisty’ texts sent from Chapman to Suleman in the aftermath of the killing suggested she had exaggerated the level of dominance he had over her.
He said: “It was obvious that many people either on the forecourt of Quickshine or like Aya, walking past, would be put at risk of death or serious injury.”
Previously, seven man have been jailed over Aya’s death, they are:
- Feroz Suleman, 40, of Shear Brow, Blackburn, Lancashire – 34 years in prison for murder, with 28 years for attempted murder
- Ayaz Hussain, 36, of Calgary Avenue, Blackburn, Lancashire – 32 years in prison for murder, with 26 years for attempted murder
- Zamir Raja, 33, of Davyhulme Road, Stretford, Trafford – 34 years in prison for murder, with 28 years for attempted murder
- Antony Ennis, 31, of Grasmere Court, Partington, Trafford – 33 years in prison for murder, with 27 years for attempted murder
- Abubakhar Satia, 32, of Oxford Close, Blackburn, Lancashire – 28 years in prison for murder, with 23 years for attempted murder
- Kashif Manzoor, 26, of Shakeshaft Street, Blackburn, Lancashire – 27 years in prison for murder, with 23 years for attempted murder
- Uthman Satia, 29, St Hubert’s Road, Great Harwood, Lancashire – 28 years in prison for murder, with 23 years for attempted murder
The seven men’s trial and subsequent convictions heard there was an on-going rivalry between Pacha Khan, 31, the owner of the Quick Shine Car Wash, and Suleman, the owner of R1 Tyres next door.
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The rivalry began when Khan started to sell tyres at his car wash – becoming a direct competitor to Suleman.
Suleman had hired hitman Zamir Raja, 33, to kill Mr Khan but the plan failed when Aya stepped out of the way of two oncoming cyclists and into the path of the bullet.
Two shots were fired – the first captured hitting the building of Quick Shine.
The second sadly hit Aya. She was later pronounced dead.