Five sentenced for 'unprovoked and terrifying' West London attack

22/01/2016

Five men were today sentenced for their part in a near fatal attack on a man in a supermarket on Staines Road, Bedfont in the early hours of 14th June 2015. The victim was attacked for no apparent reason.

At the Central Criminal Court trial, which concluded on January 19th, Saad Sharif, 19, Mohammed Mohammed, 21, Zackirya Ibrahim, 19, and Hanad Mohammed, 19, were all convicted of attempted murder and Abdi Wahad Mohammed, 26, who drove them to and from the scene of the attack, of Section 18 wounding with intent. They were given sentences on 22nd January ranging from 7.5 to 15 years (see sentence breakdown below).

CPS London homicide lawyer Navnit Dosanjh said: "This was a deliberate attempt to kill an unarmed, unsuspecting man who had gone into a late night supermarket to make a purchase. He found himself the subject of an unprovoked, violent, terrifying and near fatal attack by this group of young men, at least two of whom were armed with knives.

"In the 30-40 seconds that this attack lasted, he was repeatedly punched and stabbed and was left with 21 cuts or lacerations, including receiving two wounds that penetrated his heart. It was only due to the prompt and efficient medical attention he received from the police, the London Ambulance Service and the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service, that he survived.

"The four main attackers were identified by DNA and fingerprints left at the scene and in the supermarket, while the attack itself was caught on CCTV. The thorough police investigation meant that the CPS was able to put a strong case before the court and these individuals will now serve significant prison terms for their crimes."

Sentences:

  • Ibrahim: life imprisonment, with minimum of 13.5 years
  • Mohammed Mohammed: life imprisonment, with minimum of 10 years
  • Hanad Mohammed: life imprisonment, with minimum of 7.5 years
  • Abdi Mohammed: 10 years.