Police appeal for witnesses

Coventry police are appealing for witnesses in connection with the killing of a local man.

The wife of Ali Jawaid, the delivery driver killed by robbers in Coventry last week, has spoken of the devastating impact his death has had on their young family.

Father-of-two Mr Jawaid died in hospital following a vicious attack outside a mobile phone shop in Sewall Highway on the evening of Wednesday November 9th, in which he was struck over the head with a metal bar.  Speaking from her Ward End home, Maryam Jawaid described her husband as a warm-hearted, compassionate and affectionate man and spoke of  she’s told of the heart-wrenching questions being asked by her two young children who simply want to know when their father will be coming home.

She said: “Our six-year-old son keeps asking for his daddy; he is waking in the night crying asking when he will be back. Our four-year-old daughter is just confused, asking where he is, but is really too young to understand how he’s been cruelly taken from her.

“Ali was brutally attacked by criminals who wanted to take away his livelihood.  His life was taken all due to the greed of people who wanted to steal a few mobile phones. We just want his killers caught. I’d encourage anyone with information to contact police.”

Detectives have arrested two 25-year-old men from the Bell Green and Stoke areas of Coventry respectively in connection with Mr Jawaid’s death. They have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector Matt Markham, said: “If you saw the attack, suspect who was responsible or have been offered a mobile phone for saleyou could have important information so please contact us. Mr Jawaid’s family are devastated by what has happened and we are doing all we can to bring the killers to justice.”

Anyone who witnessed what happened or who has any information about the incident is asked to call 0345 113 5000 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.