JAILED: Lancashire woman will spend 15 years behind bars for role in murder of law student Aya Hachem

A 27-year-old woman has today been jailed for 15 years at Preston Crown Court for collecting the gunman who killed Blackburn law student Aya Hachem, shot on her way to the local shop.

By James Holt
Friday, 1st October 2021, 5:18 pm

Judy Chapman, 27, is the last person to be sentenced for their role in the shooting that ended the life of the teenager when she was visiting the shop to buy food for her family.

Seven people were jailed in August to a total of more than 200 years for their involvement in the killing of Aya and the attempted murder of the intended target, Pacha Khan.

Chapman, of St Hubert’s Road, Great Harwood drove the gunman and driver from Bolton to the Toyota Avensis which was used to carry out the drive-by shooting on King Street, Blackburn and collected them afterwards on the afternoon of the shooting.

Judy Chapman was sentenced to 15 years in prison today

She was found guilty of Aya’s manslaughter but not guilty of the attempted murder of Khan following a trial at Preston Crown Court.

At Preston Crown Court today, Friday, October 1, Chapman was sentenced to 15 years.

The tragic incident unfolded on Sunday, May 17th last year on King Street after days of planning.

Aya, 19, left home to go to the local shop to buy food, ready for her family to eat when they broke their Ramadan fast that evening but sadly, she never made it home.

Law student Aya was gunned down on the way to her local shop

As she walked by Quick Shine Car Wash, she was struck by a bullet shot from the passing Avensis.

The bullet travelled right through her body and out the other side and came to a stop in a nearby telegraph pole.

Despite the best efforts of passers-by, police and paramedics Aya sadly died after being taken to hospital.

Police launched a major investigation known as Operation Colindale and in the following days and weeks, 23 people were arrested in connection with the shooting and assisting those involved.

Senior Investigating Officer Zoe Russo, said: “Today’s sentence brings to a conclusion the trial of the eight defendants which is one of the largest and most complex investigations in the history of Lancashire Constabulary.

“I would like to once again thank the public, particularly the community of Blackburn, for their support during this investigation, and the many officers and staff who worked incredibly hard to get to the truth to secure justice for Aya.

“My thoughts today are with her family and all of those who loved her.”

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