Police investigating the murder of a taxi driver stabbed to death in his car want to trace two important witnesses.
Father-of-three Mohammed Arshad, from Selly Oak, was found stabbed in the head in Wast Hills Lane, Hopwood, last Wednesday. Detectives later sealed off an area in Shannon Road, Kings Norton, where his blue Ford Galaxy was found.
Chief Inspector Amanda Bott from West Mercia Police said detectives need to talk to a man called Pete ,who called a taxi from Mr Arshad’s firm, A Cars, at 8.20pm last Wednesday, asking to be picked up from outside Broadmeadow School in Monyhull Hall Road, Kings Norton.
Police also want to hear from the driver of a red coupé seen in the Wast Hills Lane area at the time of Mr Arshad’s murder.
Chief Insp Bott said: “We would urge Pete, or anyone who may have spotted a man waiting outside or near the school, to contact us. There has been speculation that this murder may have been carried by a gang or group of people. We do not have any information whatsoever to suggest that this is the case.”
Police do not have a motive for the murder and 100 detectives are currently working on the case.
The update was made as one of Mr Arshad’s relatives told how his murder had “destroyed” his young family and made a tearful plea for his murderer to come forward.
The relative, who was known only as Aieysha, said: “You have taken the life of a loving father, devoted husband, caring son and a decent law-abiding citizen. He was a passive, soft-hearted man who was repeatedly stabbed with a knife in what appears to be a completely unprovoked attack whilst driving his taxi. You have destroyed a young family, which will never be the same again. He did not deserve to die in this way.”
On the night he was murdered, it emerged that he tucked his sons, aged eight, six and three, into bed before saying goodbye to his heavily pregnant wife and leaving for work at 7.15pm. Aieysha said: “Arshad leaves three very young children; at his funeral, two of them cried for their father, not able to comprehend why they would never see him again. Words alone cannot express our grief, our total sense of loss and our feelings of utter disbelief that someone, somewhere, could murder another human being in such a cowardly and callous manner.”
Anyone who has information is asked to call West Mercia Police on 0300 333 3000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.