A High Wycombe man who stabbed a shopkeeper working in the Chiltern Shopping Centre has been found guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Murtaza Ahmed, aged 69, had denied the charge, but the jury found that he intended “really serious harm” to his victim when he stabbed him on February 16.

During the two-day trial at Amersham Law Courts, the jury heard how Ahmed, of Chichester Close, stabbed Charan Singh, the owner of CM Communications, over a disagreement about “Islamic pictures” being sold in the shop.

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Ahmed admitted to stabbing Mr Singh, pleading guilty to a charge of wounding, but had denied intending to cause grievous bodily harm. In a police interview, he claimed the attack was just a “warning.”

Bucks Free Press: Murtaza Ahmed admitted bringing the knife from his homeMurtaza Ahmed admitted bringing the knife from his home

Throughout the trial, the jury heard that Ahmed’s attack was motivated by “Islamic frames” on display in Mr Singh’s shop. The court was told that Ahmed felt the way these frames, which bear Allah’s name and are meant to bring the owner good luck, were being displayed “disrespectfully” in the shop.

Prosecutor Tim Nutley said: “Mr Ahmed seems to have taken an objection to the items sold in the shop.

“Mr Ahmed was a frequent visitor to his (Mr Singh’s) shop and said that these pictures shouldn’t be displayed because they were displayed in the wrong way.

“On that day, Mr Ahmed approached the counter and asked Mr Singh if he could look at some items in the display window.

“Mr Singh leaned forward and Mr Ahmed took a knife out of his bag and stabbed Mr Singh in the shoulder.”

The jury were shown CCTV footage of the attack, which showed Ahmed stab the victim through the shop window, where Mr Singh had been serving him.

Bucks Free Press: The knife was more than a foot long, with the blade measuring around 20cmThe knife was more than a foot long, with the blade measuring around 20cm

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The court also saw pictures of the weapon, a kitchen knife that was more than a foot long. Ahmed admitted that he had brought it from home.

During the trial, Ahmed refused to give evidence from the witness stand, but the jury was read the transcript of an interview he gave to the police shortly after the incident.

Reading from the transcript, Mr Nutley said: “I stabbed him in the shoulder because I know he wouldn’t die.

“I didn’t want to kill him. I know where the stomach is, dangerous place, I didn’t hit him there, I just warn him.”

Defence barrister Patrick Magg attempted to persuade the jury that Ahmed’s attack was just a “jab” and that he did not intend to do serious harm to Mr Singh, but the jury was not convinced and found Ahmed guilty of the charge.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced on November 25.

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