A 17-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to murdering Hiwa Ali-Khani in Preston in July this year. Police believe that the victim was killed in a case of mistaken identity.
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Preston Crown Court on Wednesday, November 9, and pleaded guilty to murdering Mr Ali-Khani.
The teenager had pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article at an earlier hearing.
Police were called to Raikes Road in Preston at around 6.25pm on July 8 this year after a report of an assault.
Emergency services found 27-year-old Ali-Khani, from Preston, suffering from stab wounds to the chest.
Paramedics treated the victim at the scene and he was taken to Royal Preston Hospital, but despite the best efforts of the medical team, he sadly later died.
A post-mortem examination confirmed his cause of death as stab wounds.
Police launched a murder investigation and made several arrests. Detectives discovered that the victim had been waiting in his car on Raikes road when he was approached by the teenager armed with a knife.
Mr Ali-Khani was stabbed in the leg and chest before collapsing in the street.
Authorities believe that the teenager had intended to attack a different man, who was also sitting in a car on Raikes Road, and Mr Ali-Khani was tragically killed in a case of mistaken identity.
Following his guilty plea, the 17-year-old is due to be sentenced at Preston Crown Court on November 29.