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Cathays lane killers convicted

|News, Violent crime

Three men who trapped a teenager in a lane before stabbing him to death have been found guilty of murder at Cardiff Crown Court.

Mustafa Aldobhani, 22, and his brother Abdulgalil Aldobhani, 23, along with Shaffique Shaddad, 25, chased the eighteen-year-old victim through Cathays in Cardiff before catching him in a lane behind Cardiff University Student Union building near Cathays train station.

Members of the public tried to help the victim while emergency medical help arrived, but the teenager died at the University Hospital of Wales about an hour after the attack, having suffered 21 knife wounds, including five to his back.

Aseel Arar, 35, the girlfriend of Abdulgalil Aldobhani, bought flight tickets for the two of them to Morocco via Portugal but they were arrested at Heathrow as they boarded the aircraft.

Rhodri Thomas of the CPS said: “This case was about a young man being cornered in a busy thoroughfare and repeatedly stabbed in a merciless attack.

“Those responsible left the city trying to distance themselves from the brutal killing they had carried out, including an attempt to flee the country.

“We thank the witnesses who came forward with crucial evidence and the South Wales Police/Heddlu De Cymru team whose tireless work allowed the CPS to present a strong case to the jury. However, our thoughts are for the family and friends of the victim.”

Sentencing will take place at a later date.

Notes to editors

  • Rhodri Thomas is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS Cymru-Wales
  • Mustafa Aldobhani (DOB: 11/12/97); Abdulgalil Aldobhani (DOB: 3/12/96); Shafique Shaddad (DOB: 22/8/94) were convicted of murder
  • Aseel Arar (DOB: 10/8/84) was convicted of assisting an offender.

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