Drug dealing brothers Haseeb and Adeeb Mirza viciously murdered a ‘caring’ dad-of-four after a row erupted.
Malik Hussain, 35, was knifed in the heart inside a Volkswagen Golf before being dragged into the road and stamped on in a chilling attack last July
Haseeb Mirza, 26, of Benedicts Road, Small Heath, was found guilty following a trial on Thursday 13 February and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 21 years.
Adeeb Mirza fled to Pakistan on the same day as the killing – and is still on the run.
The court heard that both brothers were drug dealers and on July 12 last year had been sitting in a car outside Pandora’s Box night club in Digbeth waiting for customers.
Hussain and his friend Adeel Yousaf were looking to buy cocaine and got into their vehicle.
But Mr Adrian Keeling QC, prosecuting, said the brothers then received a call to meet another customer so the car drove out of the Digbeth area.
At 11.19pm the Volkswagen Golf they were travelling in stopped in Baker Street, Sparkhill, where a dispute broke out and Hussain was stabbed.
He was then dragged out of the vehicle and stamped on and the brothers then drove off and later took a taxi and had a meal at a fast food restaurant.
Detective Inspector Michelle Allen, from the force’s homicide team, said: “This was a murder which shocked the local community and we have worked flat-out to get this conviction.
“Malik’s family are truly devastated by his death and although they are still trying to come to terms with their loss, we hope this successful prosecution goes some way to providing some of the answers they so desperately needed.
“Our investigations are very much ongoing, and we are doing all in our power to trace the second man in the car and bring him before the courts.”