Brother of Salim Ullah who was killed outside Scunthorpe takeaway reacts to possible release of man convicted of his manslaughter
The elder brother of Salim Ullah, who was killed outside a Scunthorpe takeaway, has spoken about the possible release of the man convicted of his manslaughter.
September 27 is three years ago to the day that Salim Ullah, 40, of Crosby, was beaten and kicked to death outside a Scunthorpe takeaway.
Mr Ullah was punched repeatedly by Imran Afgan in Pizza King in Frodingham Road in the early hours of the morning.
And after beating Mr Ullah unconscious, Afgan returned and started kicking his victim as he lay dying on the floor.
Afgan, 26, of Grosvenor Street, Scunthorpe, was convicted of the manslaughter of Mr Ullah and was sentenced to six years by a judge at Hull Crown Court.
But after serving just half of his sentence, Afgan is set to be released on parole.
For data protection purposes, the exact details cannot be released but Mr Ullah's elder brother Raheam Ullah, 46, has had meetings with the Probation Trust to implement conditions to Afgan's licence.
On the first anniversary of the death, Mr Ullah took the bold step to forgive his brother's killer saying he had "no ill feeling or malice" towards him.
Speaking to the Telegraph, ahead of the killer's release, Mr Ullah stands by his forgiveness but believes the killer should have spent longer in prison.
"My feelings towards him have not changed," said Mr Ullah, "although in my opinion the sentence of six years was not long enough. Even though he is being released shortly, this will be on his conscience for the rest of his life."
Mr Ullah said the pain of his brother's death had eased but is still haunted by the incident.
He said: "In the three years since he was killed I have had a few nightmares and I have been unable to sleep properly with medication.
"The events of that night play on my mind and I am receiving support from Compassionate Friends support group.
"Some days are OK, some days less so but it is gradually becoming easier to cope and live with.
"Salim could be decent and OK however he could be outspoken and was no angel as a lot of people who knew him could confirm. This does not, however, excuse the actions of his killer."
The photo in today's Telegraph of the late Mr Ullah is one of his favourites.
He said: "As you can see, he is smiling and looks really happy in the bowling alley. Quite a few times Salim asked if I could arrange to take him to see Liverpool football team play at home as we were both a massive fan. I'm just sorry that I never did as I used to go in the mid-80s before the issues of ticketing and cost."
Looking to the future, Mr Ullah is hopeful that one day he can rebuild the relationship with his other siblings, who he says did not share his forgiveness towards their brother's killer.
He said: "When I stated my position to forgiving the person responsible for Salim's death I believe this added to the family being unable to get along with me.
"I would like to think that all the siblings could at some point in the future come together and resolve whatever differences they may have."