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18-year-old charged with murder after Birmingham cabbie found fatally stabbed

Updated: Dec 4, 2022

Image credit: West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police (WMP) have charged a teenager with the murder of a taxi driver who was discovered fatally stabbed in Solihull.

Luca De-Fazio was arrested in connection with the death of 44-year-old Mohammed Istakhar, who sadly died after being found with serious injuries at the junction of Braggs Farm Lane and Lady Lane on the morning of Tuesday 29 November.

The 18-year-old from Solihull was charged with murder overnight and remanded to appear before Birmingham Magistrates' Court yesterday.

A WMP spokesperson added: “Our enquiries into the death of Mr Istakhar continue and we'd urge anyone with information to contact us.”

Mr Istakhar's devastated family have paid tribute to him. In a statement they said: "Our daddy, our hero. Our hard working father has been taken so quickly from us.

"He was our world. He was so loved, respected by the whole of our community.

“He leaves behind his grieving wife, his five children who he loved deeply, his elderly mother, his three sisters, his one brother and fur babies.

“Our Martyr will live on and has set at an example for his children. He will never be forgotten. See you on the other side daddy."


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