Murderer David Swaby tried to chop victim’s body up in a bathtub


A murderer who stabbed and bludgeoned a man to death before leaving his partially-severed body in a bathtub is facing life in prison.

David Swaby, 34 used an array of weapons – including knives, scissors, a rolling pin, poles and a dumbbell – to inflict over 50 injuries on 22 year old Hassan Ghafar, on 7th February this year.

During the brutal attack, which took place across several rooms at a house in Holly Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, Mr Ghafar suffered significant knife wounds and one of his arms was severed.

Swaby then put Mr Ghafar in the bath and attempted to chop his body up into parts, which he could put in bags for disposal.

A court heard Swaby fled through a kitchen window when officers arrived but he was quickly chased down and arrested.

David Swaby has been convicted of murder
David Swaby has been convicted of murder

Officers searched the address and found a number of items covered in Mr Ghafar’s blood following the attack.

Swaby claimed he had been acting in self-defence but was convicted of murder on Monday 27th September following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

He was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing on 15th October.

Detective Inspector Ranj Sangha, of West Midlands Police, said: “This was a brutal and prolonged attack on Mr Ghafar who sustained blows across his body along with significant stab wounds.

“No-one should be put through such an ordeal and this has been a harrowing experience for Mr Ghafar’s family, who have had to live through what happened to him during the trial.

“We may never truly know what led to the events in Holly Road.

“We recovered CCTV showing the pair arriving at the address in the early hours of the morning with no hint of anything being untowards between them.

“Tragically, nothing can ever be done to bring Mr Ghafar back and our thoughts will always remain with his loved ones.”

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