Family of Asghar Badshah, whose body was found in old Batley bank, pay tribute one year on

Those are the heart-breaking words of the twin brother of a man found dead in an old bank building one year on from the devastating discovery.

Asghar ‘Oscar’ Badshah, 39, a bus driver for First, was found in the former Yorkshire Bank building, in Commercial Street, Batley on Sunday, December 29, 2019.

A murder investigation was launched two days later, on New Year’s Eve.

The next day, two men, aged 27 and 30, as well as a 41-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

Both men were released under investigation and the woman was released on bail pending further enquiries.

An inquest into Mr Badshah’s death was opened at Bradford Coroners’ Court in September, with the brief hearing told he had been reported as a missing person by his family on December 4, 2019, and they had last seen him on November 29.

Assistant Coroner Oliver Longstaff said Mr Badshah was subsequently found dead at premises on Commercial Street in Batley.

He said a post-mortem examination had been carried out, but no further details were given as to its findings.

The court heard the police investigation into the circumstances of Mr Badshah’s death was ongoing and the inquest would be suspended.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson told the Telegraph & Argus this week: “Enquiries into this case do remain ongoing by the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team.”

Speaking of the continued pain he and his family face, Mr Badshah’s brother, Akbar, said: “We as a family look back over the last year with deep sadness and melancholy.

“The loss of any family member is difficult but our pain has been magnified by the cruel way our beloved Oscar was taken from us.

“We reflect on a challenging year for the world as a whole but our world will never be the same again after our tragedy.”

He added: “Words are hard to find and the darkness left behind without Oscar’s light is hard to accept on a daily basis and this is a challenge we face everyday.

“The great Bradford community have been kind and the beautiful words and stories they tell us of my beloved twin have given our souls some ease but as people of faith we believe that we will all meet again and our Oscar is waiting for us in heaven with his Lord.

“Oscar lived a caring and selfless life. He loved all the people he came across and never spoke a bad word about anybody.

“He left a trail of friends and this is a wonderful way to live.

“He smiled and laughed and was positive, always spoke with kindness and helped people any way he could.

“He gave charity, and helped the people of Bradford and specifically East Bowling, an area that he loved. He will always be remembered by all, and will never be forgotten.”

Many touching tributes were left in the days following the sad news.

One person told the Telegraph & Argus: “What a wonderful character Oscar was. He always had time to talk to everybody. Always a big smile. Lots of laughs. He will be sadly missed.”

At the time, Akbar said it was hard to put into words what the loss of his brother meant to him, his family and all those who knew him.

He said: “He was just such a lovely human being.

“If anybody had any problem, he would help them. He wasn’t a violent man, if he had his last £10 in his pocket, he’d give it to a stranger to help them. He loved all people equally.”

Both grew up in East Bowling and attended Dixons City Technology College.

As “absolutely identical” twins, the pair would often be mistaken.

Akbar said: “But my brother was so popular, he was always well-known and well liked.”

While Akbar eventually went on to study Optometry and worked away from Bradford for 10 years, his brother remained in East Bowling.

Last year, First said in a statement: “Everyone at First in Halifax is deeply shocked and saddened at the death of Asghar.

“Our sympathies and condolences go to his family and friends at this terrible time. He only joined us as a driver in February last year and was a well-liked and popular colleague among the whole team.”

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