Man convicted of King’s College student’s murder outside Harrods in Knightsbridge
A man who murdered a student in Knightsbridge has been convicted.
King’s College student and Omani national Mohammed Al-Araimi, 20, and his friend Nasser Kanoo, then 20, were attacked as they made their way through an alleyway in Knightsbridge close to Harrods just before midnight on 5 December 2019.
The pair had been out for dinner at Sale E Pepe – just 20 metres away from the alleyway connecting Basil Street to Sloane Street where they were set upon.
Badir Al-Nazi, 24, and Arseboon Dilbaro, 23, attacked them from behind.
Mr Al-Araimi, who was fatally injured, had been wearing a Patek Phillipe worth an estimated £34,460 while his friend Mr Kanoo had been wearing a £7,150 Rolex when they were confronted.
Following a trial at Inner London Crown Court which concluded today (Friday, 13 August 2021), Al-Nazi was convicted of murder and wounding with intent. He had previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter and having an article with a blade. Co-defendant Dilbaro was convicted of wounding.
During a struggle Mr Al-Araimi was stabbed to the left of his chest by Al-Nazi. His friend was stabbed to the side of his back. Both victims managed to run off but Mr Al-Araimi collapsed moments later near the Harrods Christmas tree. Security guards from the department store rushed to his aid and police and paramedics were called. However, Mr Al-Araimi could not be saved and died some 40 minutes later. His friend Mr Kanoo survived and was treated in hospital for a 2cm stab wound.
A police appeal aiming to identify the suspects caught on CCTV led to Al-Nazi handing himself in to police just over a month later on 8 January 2020.
Dilbaro fled the country shortly after the attack and was arrested at Heathrow Airport when he arrived back from Egypt on 14 July 2020.
Samantha Yelland, from the CPS, said: “Killer Badir Al-Nazi set out armed with a knife in central London. He and Arseboon Dilbaro were waiting for victims.
“Mohammed Al-Araimi and his friend had simply gone out for dinner together and could never have anticipated the violence that would be inflicted upon them that evening.
“The prosecution case included strong witness testimony from the surviving victim and phone evidence as well as CCTV footage which caught the attackers in action.
“Mohammed Al-Araimi had a bright and promising future ahead of him, and although nothing can bring him back, I hope these convictions provide some comfort to his family and friends. Our thoughts remain with them at this time.”
Al-Nazi and Dilbaro will be sentenced at Inner London Crown Court on 10 September.
Notes to editors
- Samantha Yelland is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the pan-London Homicide unit in CPS London North.
- Badir Al-Nazi (DOB: 3/12/1996) is a Kuwaiti citizen who was living in Brent.
- Arseboon Dilbaro (DOB: 4/06/1998) is a German national who was living in Mill Hill in the London borough of Barnet.