The killer of Akbar Masood has been jailed.

The killer of Akbar Masood has been jailed after stabbing him to death in Rochdale.

Mohammad Shafiqul Alom (16/12/1981) of Kellett Street, Rochdale, has been jailed for life with a minimum of 18 years at Bolton Crown Court.

He was found guilty of murder, section 20 wounding (grievous bodily harm) and possession of a class B drug.

The court heard shortly after 3.50am on Friday 4 November 2016, a group of men were watching a film at Alom’s house when an argument broke out.

The argument escalated and Alom grabbed a large kitchen knife and began swinging it around.

One man suffered a stab wound on his hip before fleeing the house with the rest of the group.

But Alom managed to stab Akbar in the abdomen before he could escape.

When officers attended, they discovered the 22-year-old unconscious with a serious stab wound and began administering CPR.

Akbar was taken to hospital where he sadly died a short time later.

Paying tribute to Akbar, his family said: “We are very sad and broken at the circumstances of how we lost Akbar.

“Akbar was a very approachable, helpful and lovable young man who touched the hearts of whoever he came into contact with, in a way that makes him unforgettable.

“The lives of his friends and family can never be the same again.”

Senior Investigating Officer Duncan Thorpe, of GMP’s Major Incident Support Unit, said: “This began as a trivial argument between friends who were socialising on a Friday night, but it took a turn for the worse when Alom suddenly grabbed that knife.

“This was no accident - it was a senseless murder. I’m glad this dangerous man is now off the streets of Greater Manchester.

“I hope today’s result has brought justice to Akbar’s loved ones and I hope it provides reassurance to the community to know that this man is behind bars.”

© Greater Manchester Police 2018