The family of murdered shopkeeper Javaid Ali have told of their heartache that his killer is still free to roam the streets – but insist they will never give up hope of finding justice one day.
It has now been four months since 48-year-old Javaid was knifed in the neck as he worked at his Paisley store after a day’s trading.
Despite surgeons’ best efforts, the dad-of-three succumbed to his injuries at the Royal Alexandra Hospital two weeks later.
Javaid’s family reopened Sunshine Grocers – in Green Road – at the end of August.
Speaking at the shop, Abbas Ali said his mother and two brothers are still hopeful of his killer being caught.
However, during an exclusive interview with Paisley Daily Express, he expressed anger that the knifeman is still at large.
“I’m very surprised that it’s taken this amount of time and still no-one has been apprehended,” said the 25-year-old.
“I’m frustrated not just for me, but also on behalf of my mum and my family.
“We can’t rest or truly move on and come to terms with what happened to my dad until someone is caught. Until that happens, we’re stuck here waiting.
“The police are doing whatever they can, and I understand that a murder inquiry can take time.
“But it has been so draining to have to wait for that to happen.”
The Alis have gained support from the members of the community, with many people coming in the store to express their condolences.
“A lot of people have been very sympathetic, and some are angry and concerned about what happened to my dad.
“He was quite popular in Green Road, and was very well-known. His shop was effectively a hub of the community, so a lot of people are upset, as is to be expected.
“But everyone is trying their best to move on.”
Abbas had graduated from uni and planned a career for himself away from his father’s firm. However, when tragedy struck on June 15, he took up the reins of the family business.
“It has been difficult to try and cope with the loss, especially coming into this shop after knowing what happened here,” he added.
“And there are the quiet periods when you have the chance to think it over.
“It was never my intention to run the shop. I had been to uni, and was working elsewhere when my dad was attacked.
“The shop was more my dad’s thing, but now I’m here working seven days a week, sometimes 12 hours a day on my own.
“It has been physically tiring but it’s also difficult emotionally.”
He continued: “At the time of the murder, there was a lot of exposure through the press, on Crimewatch and on the billboards. But there is still nothing.
“We all know there may be people out there protecting the killer.
“I would have thought that they have any decency whatsoever, they wouldn’t be holding back crucial information. I would push for these people to come forward.
“It’s up to them to do that, to help put themselves at ease and sleep better at night.
“I know if I was in their position, I would feel so much better to get it out.”
Javaid Ali was attacked at store at around 5pm on June 15. He died on June 29.
Detective Inspector David Wagstaff, who is working on the murder inquiry, said that significant resources are still dedicated to solving the 48-year-old’s murder. Cops are still probing a range of possible motives, including robbery.
Anyone with information should contact CID at Paisley on 0141 435 1022 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.