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Afghan teen sentenced for five years after Folkestone stab death

17:31 14 December 2011

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Trial into Osman Sherzad who died after fight between Afghan youths

An 18-year-old Afghan youth has been sentenced to five years in a young offenders’ institute after pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of a student in Folkestone earlier this year.

Osman Sherzad, 17, of Channel House, Bradstone Road, Folkestone, died from a single stab wound inflicted during a fight involving rival groups of Afghan young men.

At Maidstone Crown Court today, fresh pleas were accepted in the trial of a group of Afghan youths over his death.

Farid Hussani, 18, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Mr Sherzad following a violent confrontation in a flat in Marine Terrace in the town on January 24 this year.

He has been sentenced to five years in a young offenders’ institute.

Hussani, who had denied murder, was on trial at court with co-defendants Fazullhaq Walizada, 18; Eraij Faqirzada, 19, an 18-year-old man and 17-year-old man who both cannot be identified. They also denied murder. A sixth man, Parwiz Rahimu, 18, denied violent disorder.

At court today, not guilty pleas were entered to the murder charge and Walizada of no fixed address, Faqirzada of no fixed address, the 18-year-old from Tunbridge Wells and the 17-year-old from Ashford, had their pleas to affray in relation to an offence a week before the death accepted.

Walizada, Faqirzada and the 18-year-old were all sentenced to eight months in a young offenders’ institute, which they have already served. The 17-year-old received an absolute discharge and no evidence was offered against Rahimi of Windsor Street, Liverpool.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Chewter, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “I am satisfied with the outcome today in court. This was a pointless killing which has cut short a young man’s life and the person responsible for causing that loss of life is now behind bars where he cannot be a danger to anyone else.”

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