THE killer of an East Lancashire shopkeeper - in an ambush attack - will serve at least 27 years behind bars.

Father-of-four Yasir Hussain, from Nelson, was caught up in a 'hate-filled feud' between two rival families, which saw him knifed to death outside a West Midlands takeaway.

And the bitter tensions between the warring sides even reportedly spilled over at Birmingham Crown Court when his murderer, Nabeel Choudhary, was sentenced, with police and security staff having to step in.

Choudhary, 21, from West Bromwich, was found guilty of Mr Hussain's murder on Wednesday. His co-defendant Arkash Tasleem, 24, from Walsall, was acquitted of the same charge.

Trial judge Mr Justice William Davis sentenced him to life imprisonment, with a recommendation he serve a minimum of 27 years, with 328 days spent on remand set to count towards the sentence.

Detectives are still investigating the possible involvement of a several other men in his killing, which took place outside the Golden City takeaway in the Lower Gornal area of Dudley on December 4.

Jurors were told that the intended target for the violence was his cousin, Morrad Hussain.

But as they pulled up in a car outside the takeaway, their vehicle was rammed by a van and the pair were ambushed by a gang of men brandishing knives, machetes and metal bars.

Though Morrad Hussain managed to flee, Yasir Hussain was stabbed three times and later died from his injuries.

His older sister, Siyqa Khamum, said later that the death had a devastating effect on her parents.

"People have killed an innocent man and taken him for no reason. They have taken him from my mother’s life," she said.

"Yasir was a fun loving guy who was amazing with kids and he loved socialising with family and friends."