Five men convicted for the murder of Hani Hachim Abou El Kheir

29/01/2014

Five men have been convicted at the Central Criminal Court for the murder of 16-year-old Hani Hachim Abou El Kheir on 27 January 2013. They will be sentenced on 31 January. One woman has been convicted of perverting the course of justice and will be sentenced at a later date.

Baljit Ubhey, CPS London Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: "Hani Hachim Abou El Kheir was just 16 years old when his life was cruelly snatched away by a violent gang who set upon him with an arsenal of weapons.

"This was an appalling act of brutality and a shocking example of the senseless deaths caused by gangs in our city.

"On the evening of 27th January a group of ten men, including the five defendants, armed themselves with meat cleavers and knives and covered their faces with hoods, scarves and balaclavas.

"They headed to the territory of a rival gang in the Pimlico area of South London and as they reached the Churchill Gardens Estate they spotted their victim.

"Hani was completely outnumbered and utterly defenceless. He suffered more than 20 wounds in the attack, including a number of stab wounds which were so severe they cut into his bones.

"CPS London is committed to tackling gang crime to make the capital a safer place for everyone."

Background

Offenders and convictions:
Ahmed Mikhaimar (dob 17/9/93) - murder
Arber Barbatovci (dob 19/3/93) - murder
Craig Boyce (dob 6/7/87) - murder
Tarik Joseph (dob 4/9/94) - murder
A 20-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons was also convicted of murder

Donjeta Gashi (dob 25/12/92) - one count of perverting the course of justice