Man killed brother by mistake in fight with gang over cannabis farm

Crossbow killer murdered his own brother by mistake in fight with rival gang trying to raid his cannabis crop

  • Omar Ramzan, his father Saghawat Ramzan and family friend Mohammed Sageer have been convicted of killing Khuzaimah Douglas in February last year
  • Saghawat Ramzan has also been convicted of killing brother Waseem after he mistakenly shot him with his crossbow while aiming for Mr Douglas on the floor
  • The family armed themselves with weapons as gang tried to break into their cannabis farm worth £250k in Dudley and caught Douglas fleeing the scene

An accountant and his father have been found guilty of mistakenly killing their own relative with a crossbow – and murdering a cannabis farm burglar seconds later.

Omar Ramzan, his father Saghawat Ramzan and family friend Mohammed Sageer were all unanimously found guilty of murdering kickboxer Khuzaimah Douglas.

A three-week trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court was shown CCTV footage of the moment Saghawat Ramzan shot his brother Waseem Ramzan in the stomach with the ‘horrific’ crossbow during a four-on-one punishment beating intended to kill or maim Mr Douglas.

A second bolt travelling at 270ft-per-second was fired at Mr Douglas less than a minute later, causing fatal internal injuries.

Jurors also convicted Saghawat Ramzan of murdering his brother, who was mistakenly hit by a bolt aimed at 19-year-old Mr Douglas.

Omar Ramzan and Edinburgh-born Sageer were cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter in relation to Waseem Ramzan’s death.

Three men have been convicted of killing cannabis farm burglar Khuzaimah Douglas during a raid which saw the men arm themselves before attacking the gang who broke in. Pictured: Saghawat Ramzan (left) grabbed a large crossbow and (right) his first attempt to fire it at gang

The crossbow used by Saghawat Ramzan to kill relative Waseem Ramzan and Mr Douglas

Saghawat Ramzan, 47, Lancaster University graduate Omar Ramzan, 24, and 33-year-old Sageer all claimed to have been acting in self-defence when the victims were killed.

Mr Douglas, 19, was shot while being held on the ground and died at the scene outside the Ramzans’ home in Pensnett Road, Brierley Hill, Dudley, in the early hours of February 20 last year.

Waseem Ramzan, 36, died in hospital after the bolt that struck him was removed and hidden near the scene.

The defendants were charged with murder after police recovered CCTV footage from cameras set up to protect the cannabis farm from raids by rival gangs.

All three defendants denied any knowledge of the cannabis farm, with Saghawat Ramzan claiming he feared the burglars were targeting his home containing Cartier and Rolex watches.

Opening the Crown’s case last month, prosecutor Adrian Keeling QC said the property was being used to grow cannabis worth up to £225,000 a year.

During the armed struggle once the men had caught Khuzaimah Douglas, Saghawat Ramzan attempted to fire his crossbow at Douglas but missed and hit his brother Waseem (pictured)

Murdered: Khuzaimah Douglas was caught by thugs fleeing scene and was shot with crossbow

CCTV installed to protect the family’s cannabis factory captured brutal attack as Saghawat Ramzan (far left) reloaded his crossbow and fired it at Mr Douglas (pictured on the ground)

Telling jurors a rival gang had attacked the rear of the cannabis factory at about 2.30am, Mr Keeling said of Saghawat and Omar Ramzan: ‘Despite the time of night, these two defendants were immediately aware of the attack and the fact it was taking place.’

CCTV initially captured Saghawat Ramzan firing a crossbow at the rear of the cannabis factory, but he missed would-be intruders, striking a shed.

Finance worker Omar Ramzan, who graduated in 2018 with a first class BSc in accounting and management studies, was caught on CCTV brandishing a knife and a smaller crossbow, as well as holding down Mr Douglas.

Sageer drove to Pensnett Road to join efforts to protect the drug-growing operation after a nine-second phone call from Waseem Ramzan.

CCTV which Saghawat Ramzan tried to delete showed Sageer, of Gorsty Avenue, Brierley Hill, arriving at the scene and handling a second crossbow during the fatal struggle.

The court heard Omar Ramzan was off work with ‘anxiety and depression’ at the time of the incident.

CCTV footage caught Waseem Ramzan being taken to hospital by Mohammed and Omar

Officers in Brierley Hill, West Midlands, where Waseem Ramzan and Mr Douglas were killed

Police staff covering broken windows of a house on Pensnett Road where the farm was found

At the start of the trial, Mr Keeling told the jury: ‘They sprang into violent defence of the drug-growing operation.

‘Rather than let them (the rival gang) retreat into the night, they blocked their retreat and effectively boxed the raiders into the house.

‘The raiders had no real choice but to smash a window at the front of the house… and try to get away.’

Mr Douglas, the court heard, had the ‘fatal misfortune’ to be caught by Waseem Ramzan while attempting to flee.

Saghawat Ramzan, who was already holding a sword, went back into the house to arm himself with a large crossbow.

Mr Keeling told the court that as Mr Douglas struggled to fend off four assailants, Saghawat Ramzan fired the first of two crossbow bolts.

The barrister told jurors: ‘He didn’t need to do so. He fired the bolt from almost point-blank range and, in doing that, he must have intended at least really serious harm, if not to kill.’

Waseem Ramzan suffered a wound to his pelvis, which caused massive blood loss and severe injuries to multiple internal organs. 

All three defendants were remanded in custody and will face mandatory life terms when they are sentenced on March 12.

Saghawat Ramzan clears the scene of weapons and secures the property to cover up murders

Pictured: Saghawat Ramzan, his son Omar Ramzan and family friend Mohammed Sageer claimed self-defence but were convicted of the murder of Khuzaimah Douglas and will be sentenced next month. Saghawat Ramzan will also be sentenced for killing his brother

Detective Chief Inspector Munro added: ‘The actions of these three men were shocking, brutal and calculated.

‘To protect their cannabis grow, they were happy to use extreme violence in a brutal and sustained attack on Khuzaimah.

‘We believe they wanted to send a clear message to the people who’d attempted to rob their cannabis factory.

‘However, Saghawat also killed his own brother during the attack which further highlights their determination to cause serious harm and just how dangerous their weapons were.

‘There is no place on our streets for violence like this or the armoury of weapons they chose to have and ultimately use.

‘Two lives have been lost because these men decided to use extreme violence in an attempt to protect their illegal drug business.’

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