Inquest opens into death of Asghar Badshah whose body was found in old Batley bank

THE twin brother of a man found dead in an old bank building has spoken of his family’s ongoing heartache in the face of their loss on the day an inquest into his death was formally opened.

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

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.

The brief hearing, which took place yesterday at Bradford Coroners’ Court, heard Mr Badshah had been reported as a missing person by his family on December 4 last year and they had last seen him on November 29.

Assistant Coroner Oliver Longstaff said he 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 is ongoing and the inquest would be suspended.

Speaking to the Telegraph & Argus yesterday, Mr Badshah’s twin brother Akbar said: “As a family we have faith in the police.

“We dearly, dearly miss our brother every single day.

“It’s heartbreaking, it’s truly heartbreaking.

“We have faith in the police and the criminal justice system and believe we will get justice.”

West Yorkshire Police confirmed to the Telegraph & Argus yesterday there is no update and enquiries are ongoing.

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

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 went to school at Dixons City Technology College (CTC), after passing an exam to get in.

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

Akbar said: “Even to this day, people confuse us.

“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.

Akbar said his selfless brother loved the place and undertook lots of charity and community work throughout his life.

He added: “He was always humorous, always jovial, always happy, always cheerful.

“There was always a smile on his face.

“He was just an amazing brother to have.”

First said everyone at the operator’s Halifax base was “deeply shocked and saddened” and that he was a “well-liked and popular colleague among the whole team”.

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