Today we remember David Lees who was murdered on this day in 2006 aged 23.
David had been out celebrating a friends birthday. He and his friends had a row with a group of Pakistani men. The ‘Asian men’ were seen swinging their belts at David and his friends. David retaliated and hit one of the men.
After the argument one of the ‘Asian men’ got into a car and accelerated at 60-70mph and drove into David Lees. David was thrown 30 feet through the air. He suffered catastrophic head injuries and died in hospital.
The Pakistani men had been seen getting into three cars and deliberately driving around the road trying to run people over.
When police carried out their investigation they came up against a wall of silence in the Muslim community.
Astonishingly the police said the fight was racially motivated but the murder itself was not racially motivated.
Arfan Javed was sentenced to two-and-half years in 2007 for perverting the course of justice. He covered up for the drivers and sold the car that was used to murder David. David’s parents pleaded with him to name the killers, he refused.
In 2016 David’s parents launched another campaign appealing for people to do the right thing and give evidence on the main suspects. A reward of £50,000 was offered.
Two arrests were made a decade after the murder, but no charges made. To date no one has been prosecuted for the murder of David Lees.
JUSTICE FOR DAVID LEES
RIP DAVID LEES YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN