Date: 20 Oct 2001
Mohammed Basharat was shot at Little Horton Taxis where he worked in Park Lane, Little Horton, Bradford, at 8pm.
He was shot twice in the head by a man with a .38 calibre handgun.
His murder was described as exact and clinical and it was noted that no words were spoken.
He had been involved in a minor scuffle the day before at 6pm with a man described as of African-Caribbean appearance who had been driving a Renault Clio with another man when their wing mirrors had touched. Mohammed Basharat had been driving his Vauxhall Cavalier car at the time. During the scuffle Mohammed Basharat had been forced to restrain a man who then threatened to kill him. They left their car behind and walked off but shouted to Mohammed Basharat, 'you don't know who you are messing with. I'm going to kill you'.
The police said the description of the man that had shot Mohammed Basharat was similar to the description of the man that Mohammed Basharat had had the scuffle with the day before. The gunman was said to have been about 5ft 9ins tall, slim and wearing a dark coloured anorak, a pair of black jeans, and a balaclava or scarf over his face. It was thought that he might have been wearing gloves too.
After shooting Mohammed Basharat, the man was said to have pointed the gun at other members of staff who said they heard the gun click, after which the gunman left.
In December 2014, a man that was currently serving a prison sentence for a shooting in the United States was identified as a prime suspect in Mohammed Basharat's murder and it was said that arrangements were being made to extradite him to the United Kingdom to face trial. The extradition order was said to be the first of its kind since the 2003 US-UK bilateral extradition treaty which was ratified in 2007 and allowed either country to apply for a serving prisoner to be extradited to stand trial in that country with the agreement that, after the conclusion of the trial, they return to the original country to serve the rest of their sentence.
The man had been living in Little Horton and Girlington at the time of the murder and had regularly gone to the Young Lions Club in Lumb Lane, and at the time had refused to speak to the police.
Mohammed Basharat had been a taxi driver for 14 years. He was 6ft 5in tall.
In October 2020 a man was put on trial for his murder. The case is still ongoing and due to be heard on 21 June 2021.