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Revealed: Crossbow assault suspect’s brother is convicted killer

  • Bradley Clifford was jailed in 2018 for killing a teenager with his car

The older brother of triple murder suspect Kyle Clifford is already in prison for murder, it can be revealed.

Bradley Clifford was handed a 23-year prison term after he mowed down and killed a moped rider for smashing a bottle on his ‘prized’ Ford Mustang car.

Clifford, now 30, became enraged when his £35,000 car was hit with a bottle and gave chase to a scooter being ridden by Soban Khan, 18, and his friend Jahshua Francis, 19.

Mr Francis and his passenger drove into oncoming traffic and tried to mount the pavement but were flung into the air following the relentless pursuit through Enfield, north London, in the early hours of August 5 2017.

Lying motionless and catastrophically injured, Mr Khan was then beaten up by Clifford who had got out of his car when it became entangled with the moped.

Clifford told the teenager he ‘deserved’ it and punched him hard nine times, the Old Bailey heard.

Bradley Clifford chased a scooter at nearly double the speed limit on the wrong side of the road after a bottle was thrown at his high-powered sports car

Bradley Clifford chased a scooter at nearly double the speed limit on the wrong side of the road after a bottle was thrown at his high-powered sports car

Kyle Clifford, younger brother of Bradley, is the suspect of the murders of three women in Bushey

Kyle Clifford, younger brother of Bradley, is the suspect of the murders of three women in Bushey

Soban Khan (pictured) was the victim of Bradley Clifford, who is crossbow killer suspect Kyle's brother

Soban Khan (pictured) was the victim of Bradley Clifford, who is crossbow killer suspect Kyle’s brother

Prosecutor Aftab Jafferjee KC said Mr Khan's moped was no match for the power of the Mustang

Prosecutor Aftab Jafferjee KC said Mr Khan’s moped was no match for the power of the Mustang 

Clifford, who worked as an air conditioning firm manager, denied murder but was convicted by an Old Bailey jury in May 2018, aged 24.

His younger brother Kyle, 26, from Enfield, was wanted by detectives over the deaths of three women who were found fatally injured in a house in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire, just after 7pm on Tuesday.

The fugitive was finally caught on Wednesday afternoon and was seen being bundled into the back of an ambulance at a cemetery in the Hilly Fields area of Enfield, north London, by armed police and paramedics. 

Speaking during the trial of Kyle’s older brother, also from Enfield, prosecutor Aftab Jafferjee KC said Mr Khan’s moped was no match for the power of the Mustang.

The prosecutor said: ‘It was rapid, it was brutal and it was unrelenting. He pursued the moped down a straight stretch of road at speed. Not to apprehend the two people on it, but to mow them down for daring to damage his prized vehicle.

‘As Soban Khan lay virtually motionless, totally defenceless and fatally injured, such was this defendant’s rage that he went over to him and beat him.’

Police and paramedics rushed to the scene and found the two moped riders seriously hurt.

Victim Louise Hunt is the ex-girlfriend of crossbow suspect Kyle Clifford

Victim Louise Hunt is the ex-girlfriend of crossbow suspect Kyle Clifford

Hannah Hunt, sister of Louise and daughter of John, also died after being shot with a crossbow at the family's £800,000 home

Hannah Hunt, sister of Louise and daughter of John, also died after being shot with a crossbow at the family’s £800,000 home

Carol Hunt, who was married to BBC horse racing commentator John Hunt (pictured together), was found fatally injured along with her two daughters at her home last night

Carol Hunt, who was married to BBC horse racing commentator John Hunt (pictured together), was found fatally injured along with her two daughters at her home last night 

Mr Khan was pronounced dead at 4.38am while Mr Francis ‘miraculously survived’ and was taken to hospital for treatment.

The incident began when Clifford got into a row with one of Mr Khan’s friends in a dispute over his girlfriend.

The two men agreed to go to a car park for a fist fight, but as Clifford loitered in his Mustang his rival instead drove away from the scene.

Mr Jafferjee said Mr Khan then ‘stupidly, and indeed criminally’ smashed a bottle on the side of the car, provoking a ‘rapid, brutal, and unrelenting’ response from Clifford.

In an emotional impact statement Mr Khan’s father Najam, said: ‘Soban Khan was a very sensible, friendly and popular individual in both school and later in college.

‘We all had such high hopes for Soban for his life and what was proving to be a very promising future.

‘Soban’s younger sister is still at school and comes home asking to see her big brother every day.

‘He was a great son and a great brother. Unfortunately with boundless pain we will never see him become anything more, not a husband, not a father and the successful man he wanted to be.’

Mr Khan’s death was the ‘end of a generation’, his father said.

A paramedic can be seen talking into his radio at the crime scene while a police officer stands guard at one of the houses

A paramedic can be seen talking into his radio at the crime scene while a police officer stands guard at one of the houses

Police in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire, where three women, who police believe to be related, died last night

Police in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire, where three women, who police believe to be related, died last night 

‘We will continue to grieve for the rest of our lives. His smile and words will never leave us.’

Judge Sarah Munro KC said: ‘In the early hours of 5 August last year having worked your way up into a rage at the words and actions of a group of teenagers you made a decision to drive your powerful Ford Mustang car into Jahshua Francis intending that he and his pillion passenger Soban Khan would be seriously injured.

‘Soban was a rising star with a promising future. As Mr Khan says no parent should have to bury their child.’

The court heard how, on July 31, Clifford sent a WhatsApp message to a 18-year-old woman in which he said: ‘Your boyfriend say he is gonna go after my car! I’ll put a f***ing knife down the c***’s throat.’

This showed how seriously he took any threats made to his vehicle, the judge said.

‘Six days after you sent that message your car was threatened,’ she told him.

‘The two young teenagers who got onto the moped didn’t know how enraged you were or what you were capable of. Your actions thereafter were a gross overreaction.

‘You were already in a violent temper and the actions by those teenagers on the moped turned you into a murderer.’

Clifford had become ‘determined’ that Mr Khan should die as he ‘rained blows’ upon him as he lay by a lamppost, the judge said.

After attacking Mr Khan in an ‘intense rage’, Clifford had the presence of mind to lie to police about what happened, she said.

But the jury was shown ‘compelling’ CCTV footage and saw through his ‘false defence’, in which he claimed it was an accident.