West Yorkshire Police

06/04/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/04/2024 10:11

Teen Jailed for Town Centre Double Murder, Halifax

Tuesday 4 June 2024

A Kirklees teenager who stabbed two young men to death in Halifax town centre and seriously injured a third has been jailed for life.

Rashane Douglas, 19, of Jade Place, Huddersfield, was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 28 years today (4 June) at Bradford Crown Court after being found guilty of murdering Haidar Shah, aged 19, and Joshua Clark, aged 21, in the early hours of October 1, last year.

Officers were called at 3.48am on the Sunday morning to reports that three men had been assaulted outside a nightclub on Commercial Street.

Both Haidar and Joshua were taken to hospital and later passed away as a result of their injuries.

The third teenager, an 18-year-old, was also taken to hospital with serious injuries. He received treatment and was later discharged.

Douglas was arrested later the same day after he attended Huddersfield Police Station to hand himself in.

He was subsequently charged on 4 October with two counts of murder, attempt murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

Douglas pleaded not guilty and following a three-week trial at Bradford Crown Court was found guilty of both murders on Tuesday 12 March.

He was found not guilty of attempt murder, but instead found guilty of wounding with intent in relation to the 18-year-old.

Yaseen Iqbal, 18, of Hall Bower, Huddersfield was also convicted of assisting an offender and has been sentenced to 12 months in a Young Offenders Institution.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Matt Holdsworth, of West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said:

"Whilst the sentence given today will not bring Haidar and Josh back, we hope it will bring some degree of comfort to know that Douglas has now been brought to justice and had to answer for his actions. <_o3a_p>


"Two young men had their whole lives ahead of them and this tragic case illustrates only too well the appalling human cost of people carrying and using knives, and we hope it will serve as a very stark reminder to others of the terrible consequences of knife crime." <_o3a_p>


"What started as a night out with friends, ended in utter devastation for two families, friends and those across Calderdale. We will continue to educate and support ways to prevent young people from carrying knives." <_o3a_p>

In a statement, Haidar's family described the impact of losing him:

Yasmin, Haidar's mother said:

"No words can ever describe the way I am feeling about the loss of my beautiful son. The emptiness, the physical and mental pain, the gathering of family and friends mourning and the funeral.

"I am destroyed. I am confused. My head aches, my body aches, and my heart aches.

"No mother should go through what I am facing. I pray no mother buries their child, especially one who was as treasured as Haidar.

Haidar's sister Marium went on to say:

"I speak for everyone that personally knew Haidar when I say Haider was the most beautiful person inside and out. He had a heart of gold and his contagious smile and wholesome personality bought so much joy to all our hearts.

"Haidar had big dreams and aspirations. He often told me he would always do his best to make sure he lives his life to the fullest, with only happiness surrounding him. Haidar wasn't one for arguments, he wasn't a fighter. He was a chilled, loving, young lad wanting to enjoy and live his best life.

"I can't even begin to put into words what he meant to each one of us as he played so many different roles in all our lives. The day we lost Haidar, we each lost a part of ourselves."

Shahzerb, Haidar's older brother also said:

"Witnessing someone take their last breath with whom you share the same blood with, grew up with and shared happy memories with, affects you more that people understand.

"All I want to do is be able to see him, hug him, apologise for every argument we ever had and for every time I've done him wrong. But I will never ever get that opportunity because it was taken away from me.

"For someone, who doesn't deserve to be named, to be so cowardly to use a knife, then to try to justify it and then cover it up and believe he is blameless just doesn't resonate with me. I look at the pain in my mother's eyes. I see the impact Haidars death has had on her, my sister, my brothers and my niece."

Joshua's mother described the profound effect of losing him. <_o3a_p>


In her family's words, Rachel said: <_o3a_p>


"Josh has been a constant in my life since I gave birth to him at the age of 17 and I cannot remember what life was like before him. <_o3a_p>


"Josh was my only child I always thought that not having any other children wouldn't affect my life as Josh was all I ever needed. He made me whole; he gave me a purpose and was everything and more that I could ever wish for in a son. Josh gave me the proud title of mum, something I will never hear him say again. I will never again receive another mother's day card, a thoughtful birthday gift or just a cuddle on the sofa from my loving son. <_o3a_p>


"Josh was not just my son; he was also my best friend. We would laugh and joke together, with his quick-witted and clever sense of humour, life was so much fun with Josh in it. <_o3a_p>


"Now my life just feels so empty and dark. My new normal is trying to navigate my way through life without Josh in it now that his life has been cruelly and needlessly ripped away from him by the actions of a brutal killer. <_o3a_p>


"The cruel actions of one individual didn't just take away my beloved son, but also shattered my sense of self. I have lost my identity as a mother." <_o3a_p>


"On behalf of all the victims' families we would like to offer our sincere thanks to the good samaritan bystanders who offered assistance to our boys at the murder scene, and to the paramedics and surgical teams who tried their best to save Josh and Haidar's lives. <_o3a_p>


"Also to the West Yorkshire Police who conducted a tireless investigation and who with the Crown Prosecution Service put together such a compelling case. <_o3a_p>


"We thank the prosecution team for securing a successful outcome and our especial thanks go to the jury who saw through the web of lies and deceit that was spun in order that this worthless and dangerous criminal might escape justice." <_o3a_p>

Rashane Douglas, aged 19, of Jade Place, Huddersfield, was today sentenced to life with a minimum term of 28 years.

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