A long-running feud between family members came to a boiling point after a row over a mop and a bucket, leaving one man dead and another three men seriously injured, Bradford Crown Court heard.
The cousins, who all lived in neighbouring houses, met in an alleyway behind their homes where a ‘large-scale disturbance’ broke out shortly after 10pm on Thursday, April 14.
Sarfraz Khan was stabbed to death in the alleyway while his cousin, Idris Khan, sustained three slash wounds under his chin in an incident at the front of the houses ten minutes earlier.
Aftab Khan suffered a punctured lung and other stab wounds and Asad Khan received a deep cut to his face and stab wounds to his chest.
Five brothers, Amjid Ali, 39, Amir Ali, 19, Tariq Mahmood, 26, Mohammed Nasar, 32, and Sajid Hussain, 33, are now on trial at Bradford Crown Court and have pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Khan and causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Aftab Khan and Asad Khan.
Prosecutor Alistair MacDonald QC said Sarfraz Khan suffered three stab wounds and died later that night.
Mr MacDonald said an argument at the family business, Rossi’s ices, led to the violence later that night.
A family member Basharat Khan thought his cousin, Amir Ali, had finished using a mop and bucket to clean his ice cream van so took the mop and bucket to clean his own ice cream van.
This led to Amir Ali swearing at his cousin Basharat Khan.
“At that stage, it was all rather trivial with childish insults being bandied about. There was certainly no overtly threatening behaviour at this time,” Mr MacDonald said.
“It was on the face of it, a very minor argument over, of all things, a mop and bucket.
“However, as far as Nasar is concerned, this appears to have been the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
It is alleged that Nasar said to his brother, Amjid: “Let’s get this over and done with today, let’s finish this.”
He is also said to have threatened to stab his cousins and “knock them out.”
The violence began that same night when Nasar slashed his cousin Idris Khan’s throat when he spotted him on his way home.
About 20 minutes later the family members met in an alleyway behind their homes were Sarfraz Khan was stabbed to death.
The court heard that Sarfraz Khan said during the violence: “They’ve got me. They’ve stabbed me.”
The trial is expected to last up to six weeks.