A High Wycombe man stabbed a shopkeeper working in the Chilterns Shopping Centre over “Islamic pictures.”

69-year-old Murtaza Ahmed attacked the owner of CM Communications, a phone repair and accessories shop located in the High Wycombe shopping centre, on February 16.

On trial at Amersham Law Courts this week, Ahmed, of Chichester Close, has been charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to Charan Singh. He denies the charge against him.

Ahmed has already pleaded guilty to wounding Mr Singh.

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Opening the trial today (Monday), prosecutor Tim Nutley told the jury that Ahmed had stabbed the shopkeeper over a number of “Islamic frames” which he kept in his shop.

The jury were told how these are pictures which pay tribute to Allah and are supposed to bring good luck to the owner.

Mr Nutley said: “Ahmed, over eight months or so before February this year, seems to have taken an objection to the items sold in the shop.

“What you will hear from Mr Singh is that over those months Mr Ahmed was a frequent visitor to his shop and said that these pictures shouldn’t be displayed because they were displayed in the wrong way.

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“On that day, Mr Ahmed approached the counter and asked Mr Singh if he could look at some items in the display window.

“Mr Singh leaned forward and Mr Ahmed took a knife out of his bag and stabbed Mr Singh in the shoulder.”

Mr Nutley then showed the jury a picture of the weapon – a long kitchen knife with a straight blade and a brown handle.

The court heard how Mr Singh’s wound was 3cm long and was glued back together by medics in hospital.

Mr Ahmed does not deny stabbing Mr Singh with the knife, but denies the charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The trial continues.

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