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Man charged over fatal stabbing of shop owner

A man has been charged over the murder of a “caring” and “loving” father of four who was stabbed to death outside a Chinese takeaway.

Police launched a murder investigation after shop owner Yasir Hussain, 34, was fatally wounded on Tuesday evening in Dudley, 10 miles north-west of Birmingham, where he had been visiting family.

Nabeel Choudhary, 20, from West Bromwich, was charged with the murder on Friday evening by West Midlands police.

Hussain co-owned a convenience shop in his hometown of Nelson, north of Burnley in Lancashire and was married with four children aged 13, 11, eight and six.

Hussain’s sister, Siyqa Khamum, 39, who lives in Burnley, paid tribute to her brother in a Facebook post, writing: “He was such a caring loving person even if he was being hit he wouldn’t fight back. We lost a dad, a son, a brother.”

Speaking to the Guardian, she said her brother’s children had been trying to call their father on FaceTime since his death.

She said: “His children were trying to FaceTime him on Wednesday and get through to him, saying: when is their dad is going to be back? The youngest was FaceTiming him.

“All his customers have put up tributes saying, ‘We’re gonna miss you, he’s a lovely guy’ Even if you shout at him, he’s the sort of guy who would just laugh and walk off. He’s just so cuddly and so caring.

“He was just a working man from a working-class family. He had four kids and he worked hard for them. He’s come from a very good family with really good values and a good background.”

A postmortem found Hussain died from stab wounds to his back, the police said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene at around 9.40pm on Tuesday. Three people who were also arrested on suspicion of murder have been released under investigation, as has a 21-year-old woman detained on suspicion of assisting an offender.

DI Jim Colclough, from the force’s homicide unit, said: “We continue to encourage anyone who has any information which they believe would assist our investigation to get in touch.

“Violent crime has no place in our region and we will continue to work tirelessly with partners and local people to tackle the harm and misery it causes to families, friends and the wider community.”

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