Woman ordered to attend court in connection with murder of Blackburn law student Aya Hachem

A woman has been summoned to appear at court by detectives investigating the murder of Aya Hachem in Blackburn.

By Matthew Calderbank
Friday, 11th February 2022, 9:53 am
Updated Friday, 11th February 2022, 10:00 am

Cally Bainbridge was served with a postal requisition yesterday (Thursday, February 10) ordering her to appear at court to face a charge of Conspiracy to Pervert the Course of Justice.

Bainbridge, 30, of Moss Road, Stretford, Manchester, is due to appear before Blackburn Magistrates’ Court on February 24.

Law student Aya, 19, was killed on May 17, 2020 as she walked by Quick Shine Car Wash, King Street and was struck by a stray bullet shot from a passing Toyota Avensis.

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Law student Aya, 19, had been walking to the shops to buy food for her family as they looked forward to breaking their Ramadan fast in the evening when she was fatally struck by a stray bullet in a drive-by shooting in Blackburn in May 2020

The bullet went through her body and was embedded in a telegraph pole.

She had been walking to the shops to buy food for her family as they looked forward to breaking their Ramadan fast that evening.

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Eight people were last year jailed for a total of more than 200 years for their involvement in the murder of Aya and the attempted murder of Pacha Khan, the intended target of the shooting.

Last week Zahraa Satia, 26, of Oxford Close, Blackburn was charged with doing an act tending and intended to pervert course of public justice.

She has also been bailed to appear before Blackburn Magistrates’ Court on February 24.

And last month two men were arrested and charged with her murder and the attempted murder of Mr Khan.

Lewis Otway, 41, of Clitheroe Road, Manchester and Suhayl Suleman, 37, of Shear Brow, Blackburn are due to stand trial in October.

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