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Two men jailed for the murder of 16-year-old Sarmad Al-Saidi

|News, Violent crime

Two men were jailed for life today at Preston Crown Court for the murder of 16-year-old Sarmad Al-Saidi.

Sarmad Al-Saidi was attacked on the 23rd December 2020. He was stabbed numerous times in the attack that would lead to his death four days later.

Jamie Dixon, 19, was found guilty following a 10-day trial at Liverpool Crown Court in July 2021. Lemar Forbes, 17, pleaded guilty to murder on the first day of the trial, and Asad Hussain 17, was convicted of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm following the trial.

This was an attack planned by Dixon, Forbes and Hussain.

Hussain went to see the victim, who was at a friend’s house, in Chatham Place to discuss an on-going dispute between the pair. As it turned out, this was part of the plan to ensure that the victim was unarmed when the attack took place.

Dixon and Forbes loitered nearby and then, sometime later, after getting the signal from Hussain, who was still inside, they entered the address wearing balaclavas and brandishing knives, they then carried out a frenzied attack on the unarmed victim. They were seen to stab him numerous times with what has been described as a hunting knife and a machete.

The attack that would lead to end of Sarmad Al-Saidi’s life lasted just two minutes, before the attackers fled the address.

Hussain, who had entered the address first, stayed behind, purporting to have no prior knowledge of what had taken place.

Despite emergency aid at the scene and in hospital, Sarmad Al-Saidi died from his injuries four days later.

Dixon was jailed for Life at Preston Crown Court today and will serve a minimum of 19 years. Forbes was also jailed for life with a minimum of 15 years and Hussain was jailed for five years.

Joanna White, Senior Crown Prosecutor at the CPS said: "This was a tragic set of events that led to the unnecessary death of a young boy with his whole life ahead of him. The CPS and police worked together to ensure that the strongest case was presented to the Court. The CPS welcome today’s sentences that reflect the seriousness of the offences and cannot emphasise enough the devastation that carrying knives can cause. Our thoughts remain with the family of Sarmad Al-Saidi."

Notes to editors

  • Joanna White is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS North West
  • Forbes pleaded guilty to murder on the day of the trial
  • Hussain was convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Grievous bodily harm.

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