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Murderer inflicted 50 injuries on man before trying to dismember him in bath


Police have reacted after killer David Swaby was convicted of a frenzied knife attack on a man before leaving him to die in a bathtub saying “we may may never truly know what led to killing.’

David Swaby inflicted more than 50 injuries on Hassan Ghafar during the early hours of February 7 this year before trying to dismember him in a bath.

Mr Ghafar suffered significant knife wounds and one of his arms had been severed after he was attacked across a number of rooms in Holly Road, Handsworth

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Swaby fled through a kitchen window when officers arrived but he was quickly chased down and arrested.

The 34-year-old claimed he had been defending himself but offered no consistent version of events around what happened.

After searching the address police found a number of items including knives, scissors, rolling pin, poles and a dumbbell containing 22-year-old Mr Ghafar’s blood.

Swaby, of Holly Road, Handsworth, was convicted of murder following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court. He was remanded ahead of sentencing on October 15.

Detective Inspector Ranj Sangha, who led the investigation, said: “This was a brutal and prolonged attack on Mr Ghafar who sustained blows across his body along with significant stab wounds.

“No-one should be put through such an ordeal and this has been a harrowing experience for Mr Ghafar’s family, who have had to live through what happened to him during the trial.

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“We may never truly know what led to the events in Holly Road. We recovered CCTV showing the pair arriving at the address in the early hours of the morning with no hint of anything being untowards between them.

“Tragically, nothing can ever be done to bring Mr Ghafar back and our thoughts will always remain with his loved ones.”

The court heard that the two men had been out together to a shop in the early hours of February 7 this year before returning to the address in Holly Road.

Mr David Mason QC, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said: “There had clearly been some form of altercation leading up to this killing but precisely what it was we will never know.”

Swaby then pursued Mr Ghafar from room to room in the upstairs of the house using various sharp instruments including knives and a pair of shear-like scissors to stab the victim.

At one point Mr Ghafar had desperately tried to close a toilet door against his attacker.

Mr Mason said the victim had also suffered blunt force injuries to his head and body.

He said there was evidence that Mr Ghafar had been trying to defend himself.

Swaby then put Mr Ghafar in the bath, put on a mask and placed bags over his shoes, and had attempted to “chop up” the victim and put him in bags to hide his body.

The defendant, who denied the charge, claimed that Mr Ghafar had attacked him with a knife and that he had only been trying to defend himself.




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