A father-of-four died after he was struck with a machete to the side of his head amid an ongoing family feud, a jury has heard.

Sajed Choudry, 42, died more than two weeks later from his injuries suffered in an altercation near his home in Blackburn, on the evening of November 27.

Preston Crown Court was told there had been issues between the Choudry and Ali families, who lived nearby in the town, for several months.

The court heard Sadaqat Ali, 36, was arrested after he hit Mr Choudry's son, Ahsan, 24, over the head with a bar following a chance meeting in the street on November 24.

While in custody, Sadaqat Ali's wife saw another son of Mr Choudry, Mohsan, 20, approach her husband's car and slash one of the tyres, which led to his arrest too, the jury was told.

Gordon Cole QC, prosecuting, took the jury through CCTV footage which he says captured the murder of Mr Choudry in Rhyl Avenue.

He said the Crown's case was that five defendants, Sadaqat Ali, his brother Rafaqat Ali, 38, their father-in-law Fazal Ilahi, 62, another man, Syed Ali Akbar, 45, and a youth who cannot be identified for legal reasons, met up in Rhyl Avenue on the late evening of November 27 armed with pieces of wood, an axe and a machete-type weapon.

Also seen on the footage, he said, was Mr Choudry, who had a baseball bat, and son Ahsan, who held a cricket bat.

The prosecutor said Sadaqat Ali was seen repeatedly holding the machete and at one point struck Ahsan and caused a massive gash to his left hand which he put up to defend himself.

In return, Sadaqat Ali was hit in the face with Ahsan's bat and then Rafaqat Ali struck Ahsan on the head with a stick, said Mr Cole.

He said later Sadaqat Ali narrowly missed Sajed Choudry's wife, Shazia, with a swipe of the machete before Sajed Choudry was felled.

Mr Cole said: "At one stage you will see a clear backhand swipe into the side of the head of Sajed Choudry which caused him to go to the floor. That was the last blow that Sajed Choudry received."

Sadaqat Ali then chased Ahsan into his front garden before striking the door with the machete and then turning away, Mr Cole continued.

The machete has not been recovered, the court heard.

When ambulance crews attended the scene, the prosecution say, Sadaqat Ali pretended to be unconscious.

It is alleged that Saira Ali, 35, and Asma Ali, 34, the wives of Sadaqat and Rafaqat, were involved in deliberately switching off the CCTV system covering the outside of Sadaqat's home before any violence started.

Mr Cole told jurors they would hear further details of Sajed Choudry's injuries to the top and sides of his head when a pathologist gives evidence later in the case.

He said the Crown anticipate that both Sadaqat Ali and Rafaqat Ali will say they used lawful and reasonable self-defence and did not intend to kill or inflict really serious harm.

Mr Cole said the other three murder accused were expected to say they did not participate in any unlawful violence and that Saira Ali and Asma Ali will claim the CCTV system was prone to fault and it was purely coincidental it stopped working when it did.

Sadaqat Ali, Rafaqat Ali, Ilahi, Akbar and the youth all deny murder and attempted murder.

Saira Ali and Asma Ali deny attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The trial, scheduled to last eight weeks, continues.