Family of murdered Oldham man pay tribute

THE FAMILY of an Oldham man who was killed by twin brothers have paid tribute to him.

Brett and Jordan Francis, 26, both of Birch Avenue, Oldham, were found guilty of murdering Amran Khan, 29, in a drive-by shooting.

The duo were sentenced to 28 years each in prison at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square, on 25 March 2010.

Shanaz, Khan’s sister, said: “We are extremely grateful to the police and the Crown Prosecution Service for everything they have done to get us justice. They put together a good case and because of that the jury has seen through all the lies and convicted these men, and we are also very grateful to them.

“We would also personally like to thank the paramedics who gave evidence that clearly showed these men were guilty.

“This has been a very difficult time for the whole family and we have found it extremely hard to cope. It has been heartbreaking to see my young son crying and saying: “I have not lost an uncle but a brother and he is still checking his phone and constantly asking why Manny doesn’t call.”

Khan was shot twice on the doorstep of his home on Nugget Street in Glodwick at about 10.30pm on 18 September 2009.

He later died at the Royal Oldham Hospital. He had a wife and two young daughters aged 10 months old and five-years-old at the time.

The family had just returned home after visiting relatives and both Amran and his wife were putting the children to bed.

Amran went outside to investigate after his wife heard a disturbance and a dark BMW screeched to a halt outside the house.

One of the occupants of the car then shot Amran once in the chest and also in his right buttock.

A third bullet hit the brickwork of the front door.

Amran’s wife witnessed what happened.

“Manny was known as Smiley and I find myself constantly looking for that smile,” Shanaz added.

“I am disgusted with these men. They have showed no remorse and smirked throughout the trial. They have not just taken someone’s husband or brother – they have destroyed a lot of family relationships.

“They still have their lives – we will never have Manny back and his children will grow up not knowing him. Although seeing them jailed for such a long time won’t bring Manny back, it has given us some justice and at least Manny’s children will grow up knowing his killers are behind bars.”

After the shooting the Francises fled Manchester travelling to Runcorn and tried, unsuccessfully, to kill themselves, leading to their arrest.

Khan’s wife Shamila said: “I cannot literally state the pain and horror at losing

NO REMORSE: Brett and Jordan Francis smirked during the murder trial

Amran in such a callous way. You can never comprehend the suffering and hurt caused by the death of not just my husband but a great daddy and a soulmate.

“There was still so much more Amran dreamt of for us but they will always be dreams and wishes.”

It is believed that the twins killed Khan because of a dispute over a drug debt.

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