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Man found guilty of manslaughter following brutal attack on Southall man

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DAILY MAIL — A Somali immigrant has been found guilty of stabbing a handyman to death then volunteering to be deported back to his home country to evade justice.
Drug dealer Mohammed Abdillahi and his friends attacked Augustus Fenton like a pack of ‘wild animals’ on the afternoon of March 28 as children walked home from school, the Old Bailey heard.
Following a trial, he was convicted of Mr Fenton’s manslaughter and wounding his brother with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. The jury failed to reach a verdict on a murder charge.

The group were captured on CCTV as they chased the 27-year-old victim down the street in Southall, west London, then punched and kicked him.
Having briefly given them the slip and called his brother for help, Mr Fenton began to walk towards his home but was spotted by three of the group who ran at him again.
Mr Fenton was stabbed several times as well as being hit with fists, feet and other weapons.
When his older brother Elijah came to his rescue, he too was stabbed and beaten up by the group, jurors heard.

Prosecutor Oliver Glasgow QC had said: ‘Whatever the reason for this shocking incident, the young men involved did not care that it was the middle of the afternoon and that much of what happened took place in full view of horrified members of the public, including children who were on their way home from school.
‘For no obvious reason, the defendant and his friends acted like wild animals that afternoon. Their pack mentality saw them chase their victim, attack him with weapons and then turn on his rescuer.
‘Augustus Fenton was powerless to defend himself against such brutality and it was only good fortune that meant his brother, Elijah Fenton, did not suffer the same fate.’

The brothers suffered serious injuries, but managed to escape to a nearby medical centre where staff attempted to help them.
Augustus Fenton, who lived with his mother in Southall, died the following morning at the Royal London Hospital. Elijah Fenton, 31, was left with permanent damage to one of his hands.

The day after the attack in Featherstone Road, Abdillahi contacted immigration authorities and asked to be flown back to Somalia, only to be arrested a week later.
Mr Glasgow told jurors that three of Abdillahi’s friends had been identified as playing a part in the violence, but police had been unable to find them.

The 25-year-old defendant, who was served deportation papers in 2013, had denied murder and wounding but pleaded guilty to violent disorder.

Giving evidence, he said he had hit Mr Fenton because he had made a racist remark, but he denied being involved in the final murderous assault.

The jury was told the cause of the dispute may have been connected with drugs as Abdillahi was a known dealer.

A jury deliberated for more than 16 hours to convict the defendant, of no fixed address.
At an earlier hearing, it emerged the defendant had a previous conviction in 2012 for supplying heroin for which he was handed two years in a young offenders institute.
Abdillahi, who bowed his head following the verdicts, was remanded into custody to be sentenced by Judge Anthony Leonard QC on Thursday.

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Southall shooting: Man charged with murder of Khalid Abdi Farah

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Detectives investigating the shooting of 26-year-old Khalid Farah in Southall have charged a 21-year-old man.

Malique Thompson-Hill was charged with murder on Sunday (December 3), the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

Mr Farah was fatally shot in the chest while he was sat in a Ford Focus car in Lady Margaret Road on November 11.

London Ambulance Service attended the scene and the victim was taken to a central London hospital where he died at 3.32am.

Following his death, Crimestoppers announced a reward of up to £10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

In a statement, his family said: “Khalid was such an amazing son, brother and nephew.

“We can’t stress enough how distraught we are that our beautiful boy was taken away from us.”

The family statement added: “He was a kind and lovable soul who made an impression with everyone he would meet.”

Mr Thompson-Hill was due to appear at Ealing Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

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Somali man found guilty in kidnapping of Canadian journalist

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FILE PHOTO: Somali national Ali Omar Ader arrested for 2008 hostage-taking in Somalia of two freelance journalists, Canadian Amanda Lindhout and Australian Nigel Brennan, is seen in an undated photo from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Courtesy RCMP/Handout via REUTERS

REUTERS — A Somali national has been convicted in an Ontario court for his role in the 2008 kidnapping of Canadian Amanda Lindhout, who was held captive in Somalia for 460 days and released only after her family paid a ransom, Canadian media reported on Wednesday.
Ali Omar Ader, 40, was found guilty of one charge of hostage-taking for his role as negotiator for the kidnappers, in a decision handed down on Wednesday in Ontario Superior Court in Ottawa.

Lindhout, a freelance journalist, was taken hostage in Somalia on Aug. 23, 2008, along with Australian photographer Nigel Brennan, while working on a story. They were released for ransom in November 2009.

Ader was lured to Canada from Somalia in 2015 and arrested in Ottawa as part of a sting operation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in which an officer posed as a publisher interested in a book Ader was writing on Somalia, according to court documents.

Prosecutors argued that Ader had been the main spokesman for the hostage-takers, negotiating first with Lindhout’s mother and later with a private consultant hired by the families of Lindhout and Brennan.
According to court documents, he referred to himself as “a commander” and repeatedly threatened that the hostages would be harmed or killed unless the ransom was paid.

During his trial, Ader said that he too had been kidnapped by the group holding Lindhout captive, and was forced to act as their spokesman, as he spoke some English.

In his ruling, Justice Robert Smith said Ader’s claims were “completely unbelievable,” numerous Canadian media outlets reported. Reuters has not read the ruling.

Ader faces up to life in prison. Sentencing in the case is not expected until next year.

Lindhout has said she was repeatedly sexually and physically assaulted during her captivity, and both she and Brennan have said they were tortured and starved.

In 2013, Lindhout recounted her experience in the book “A House in the Sky.”

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Father beaten to death with chair as fight breaks out over snooker table in north London cafe

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A father was beaten to death with a chair when a fight broke out over the snooker table in a high street cafe.

Police launched a murder inquiry after Mohamed Hersi, 40, died in hospital following the attack in Bethel Cafe, Finsbury Park.

Mr Hersi, who recently left his job at a central London hotel to care for his elderly father, was set upon when he complained about players jumping the queue for the table.

He was rushed to hospital with critical injuries at 10pm on Tuesday. He died yesterday with his wife and their four children, aged five to 11, at his bedside.

His wife Barlin Ali, 36, told the Standard: “He was the best husband and father you could ask for.”
It is understood that Mr Hersi, who had been working as a hotel kitchen porter, was drinking tea and playing snooker in the cafe when the row broke out.

He was struck with the metal chair, fell to the floor and hit his head, his family said.

Mrs Ali said: “It is vitally important that anyone who saw what happened comes forward because the person who did this should not be on the streets.

“No other family should suffer this. Please come forward if you know anything and speak to police. We want justice for Mohamed because I have lost such a loving man.”

Mr Hersi’s sister-in-law Mariam Ali, 37, said: “Mohamed was a peaceful man. He would always say to us to not worry and ‘enjoy the moment’.
“Those were his favourite words. He was a lovely person and a good father. He was so happy around his children.”

“He was working at a grand hotel in central London until a few months ago when he had to stop work to look after his father.

“We just know he was drinking tea in the cafe on Tuesday night. We got a phone call saying Mohamed was on the floor. My sister ran to the cafe but the police were already there and took us to hospital. Doctors said he would not survive.”

The cafe in Seven Sisters Road was cordoned off. A worker at a nearby internet cafe said: “He was playing snooker. There’s only a small table there, it was full of people. A guy came in and was trying to jump the queue. Then there was an argument.”

The Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command is investigating. No arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8345 3865 or via 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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