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Three men convicted of killing man near Southall Broadway

Sun 20 Sep 2020
Three men have been convicted of killing a man close to Southall Broadway.

Sufi Osman died shortly after being chased and set upon in September 2019 – he received a fatal wound to the neck and died an hour later.

Samatar Hirad, 22 (01.07.1998), of Cippenham Lane, Slough, was found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey on Thursday, 17 September 2020. Jose Morais, 25 (01.12.1994), of no fixed address and Mohammed Yussuf, 25 (01.01.1995), of Bordars Walk, W7, were both convicted of manslaughter.

They will be sentenced at the same court on Wednesday, 7 October 2020.

Police were called at 04:00hrs on Monday, 23 September, 2019 to reports of an injured man in the street. He was found in front of the Hamza Paan & Juice shop on Southall Broadway, at the junction with Saxon Road.

The victim, later identified as 22-year-old Sufi, had been chased from outside Hamza Paan & Juice shop, stabbed and left for dead on Abbotts Road. He managed to stumble along the road, back to the Hamza Paan & Juice shop and call for help.

He was filmed lying on the ground holding his neck. No one came near him. Some people just walked by. The only advice he got was – don’t try to get up – just lie down. The rest was left to the emergency services, who were not present at that time.

Officers and LAS were quickly at the scene. Sufi was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead at 05:26 hours.

On 24 September 2019, a post mortem examination carried out by Home Office pathologist Dr Ashley Fegan Earl gave the cause of death as shock and haemorrhage and a stab to the left hand side of the neck.

Officers recovered a kitchen knife, the blade of which was serrated and 21.5 cm in length, from an alleyway between Dane Road and Marigold Close, a short distance from the incident. It was identified as the murder weapon.

Prior to the attack, Sufi had been chased by four people. Samatar Hirad (01.07.1998), of Cippenham Lane, Slough, who is now aged 22 but was 21 at the time of the attack, pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon.

Jose Morais (01.12.1994), of no fixed address, and Mohammed Yussuf (01.01.1995), of Bordars Walk, W7, are now both 25, but were 24 when the attack took place.

A fourth person was arrested however no charges were brought against them.

CCTV shows the four men in and around the attack location a number of hours before the murder.

Sufi was identified on CCTV at 03:56hrs walking along The Broadway, from the direction of Dane Road towards Saxon Road. Hirad and 3 others men came from Saxon Road onto Southall Broadway.

Hirad and Sufi came into contact with each other at the junction of Saxon Road and The Broadway. They had a conversation which quickly turned into a confrontation. Sufi can be seen to have swung a blow. They fought, and Hirad produced a knife and lunged towards Sufi.

At this point, Sufi ran (into Abbotts Road) and it was after a chase that he was overwhelmed and attacked.

It was not long after the murder that the killers were located and arrested.

Detective Chief Inspector Rob Pack said: "This was a senseless and tragic loss of a young man’s life. It highlights the continuing blight that those who are prepared to carry and use knives have on our communities. Today’s verdict demonstrates that there are very real consequences for such actions."

Jose Morais custody image Mohamed Yussuf custody image Samater Hirad custody image

Images : Met Police

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