Day: May 14, 2018

17 Year Old Facing Jail For Manslaughter And GBH Following Double Knife Stabbing

A teenager has been found guilty of fatally stabbing a man who confronted him about selling drugs outside his home in Parsons Green.

A 17-year-old boy [B] was found guilty of the manslaughter of Omid Saidy at the Old Bailey today Thursday, 10 May following a trial. He was found not guilty of murder.

On the same day at the same court, Shafiq Smith, 19 (21.02.99), of Laitwood Road, SW12, was found not guilty of murder or manslaughter in relation to Omid, but he was found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent in relation to Omid’s friend Oluwafemi Omotosho.

They will be sentenced at the same court on 15 June.

Police were called on Monday, 16 October 2017 at 19:37hrs following reports of three males stabbed in the area surrounding Parsons Green Tube Station.

Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service (LAS) and three men were found at various locations suffering from injuries.

One of them was Omid Saidy, 20, a voluntary youth worker from Fulham, who was pronounced dead in Parsons Green Lane at 20:30hrs.

Omid’s friend Oluwafemi Omotosho was also found suffering from stab injuries, as was [B].

At about 16:00hrs on 16 October 2017, Omid was at home when he saw what he believed to be a drug deal happening outside, which had been a reoccurring problem.

He went outside and asked the two males to find another spot.

They returned about 30 minutes later and Omid went back outside, this time with his father and brother, and once again asked the males to move on. They agreed and walked away.

At about 19:00hrs, Omid’s father was alerted by his daughter that the males were back and were covering their faces with masks and hoods. He went out to investigate with his dog, when he saw Omid, who had left the house earlier thinking the situation was resolved, challenge the males and chase them away. Omid’s father followed behind.

During the chase, the two males produced knives and were waving them at Omid. Omid, also armed with a knife, said he would not be intimidated by them and he wanted them out of the area.

Omid called his friend Omotosho for help. Omotosho arrived a short time later and joined the chase on his moped. He also had a knife.

There was an altercation between the three, which resulted in Omid receiving fatal injuries. It is believed Omid stabbed [B] during the altercation.

Omotosho drove at the males on his moped in a bid to defend his friend, but he lost control and crashed into some parked vehicles.

Omotosho fell to the ground and was defenceless when Smith approached him and stabbed him in the chest. Both suspects then fled the scene.

At this point, Omid’s father caught-up and found his son collapsed on the floor near Parsons Green Tube Station. Despite emergency treatment, Omid died at the scene. He had been stabbed four times, in his neck, torso and buttock.

[B] ran off in the direction of Munster Road and he was arrested just before 20:00hrs that evening. During his attempted escape, he disposed of a knife in a road drain nearby. He had also been stabbed during the altercation.

The knife [B] used was recovered from the drain by officers during a search on 17 October and it was found to have Omid’s blood on it.

During his initial interviews, [B] said he knew nothing of what happened, but during subsequent interviews he said he was a victim of crime, mostly giving no comment answers to further questions.

Officers carried out extensive CCTV enquiries and saw one of the suspects, later identified as Smith, make his way onto the Fulham Court Estate following the incident clearly carrying a knife.

Smith went on the run but thanks to a successful operation by officers and partners, Smith was located and arrested on 19 October 2017. He gave a prepared statement where he admitted presence at the scene, but said he acted in self-defence and may have stabbed the moped rider. He gave no comment answers to all questions asked.

Smith and [B] were caught on CCTV together several times in the area that day.

Oluwafemi Omotosho, 19 (13.10.1998), of Pearscroft Road, SW6, was arrested and charged with possession of a bladed or sharply pointed article in a public place and affray. He previously pleaded guilty to these charges on 23 October 2017 and was remanded to be sentenced at the same time as Smith and [B].

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, who led the investigation, said: “Omid tragically lost his life for simply asking some drug dealers to move on from outside his home. Omid’s family are heartbroken to have lost a loving son and brother. Omid’s poor father witnessed his death. Omid was a voluntary youth worker who wanted to make young people’s lives better. His loss has left a huge gap in the community.

“Smith and [B] have failed to show any remorse for their actions. The defendants clearly wanted to fight and that they were more than prepared to use excessive force when the opportunity arose – even in a busy high street.

“The local residents and witnesses have been so supportive and Omid’s family are indebted to you for stepping forward.

“We have decided to release the images of the weapons involved to challenge the consciousness of those knife carriers who might be minded to walk out the front door armed with a knife today. There is no reason why you would have such weapons at home let alone on the street, other than to inflict serious injury or kill.

“For a very small section of our community, such knives have become as normal as your mobile phone. You need to reprogram and appreciate that carrying that weapon is your one way ticket to a significant sentence or life in prison or, as often happens, you become the victim.

“We pick up the pieces and those convicted and sentenced are quickly forgotten by the outside world. You will be talked about for a few weeks and then your friends move on.

“It also horrifies me that this is what our brave officers are facing when they deal with these very small sections of community.”

In a statement Omid’s family said: “Nothing will bring back out our beloved son Omid and we don’t feel that justice was fully served with the verdict. However, we as a family hope that this conviction goes some way to showing the young people out there that carrying a knife in public has serious consequences. We pray that no other family has to go what we have gone through.”

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2 Sons Of Wealthy Nigerian Parents Spared Jail Following Attack On Friend Over “Whose Parent Is Richest” Row

Two students from wealthy Nigerian homes who battered a fellow student with a shisha pipe in an argument over whose daddy was the richest, have been spared jail.

Elvis Ilonze, 20, who is so rich he had his Mercedes covered in fur, attacked his childhood friend Prince Nnaji in the flat they shared on North Street in Brighton.

Mr Nnaji tried to escape the flat but Ilonze, along with his friend Daniel Oluyemi, 24, chased after him and beat him with a wine bottle on April 7 last year at about 10pm
While inside the flat Louanna Rayawa, Mr Nnaji’s girlfriend, tried to stop the attack, but was pushed to the ground by Elvis Ilonze.

 

The pair also assaulted law student Chiedozie Dibiagwu, 23, who was sitting on a chair nearby and witnessed Mr Nnaji being assaulted.

Nnaji and Ilonze had known each other from Nigeria, but when Nnaji dared to suggest that he had the richer father Ilonze decided to ‘teach him a lesson’.

Ilonze and Oluyemi, 24, both pleaded guilty to two counts of assault occasioning grevious bodily harm and were spared jail at the Old Bailey.

Privileged’ Ilonze came to the UK to study a four-year Masters of Engineering degree at the University of Sussex, and is one year away from completing his course.

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His barrister Tom Hoskins said that Ilonze faces deportation back to Nigeria if he were given a sentence of more than one year in custody.

Oluyemi, who is training to become an accountant at the same university, is expecting a child in September or October.

His barrister, Johnathan Page, said that the right place for him is at home, preparing for the ‘momentous occasion’, not in prison.

Judge Christine Laing QC spared the ‘cosseted’ pair jail, suspending a one-year custodial sentence for 18 months to give them ‘one last chance’.

The judge said: ‘Unlike many of the people who pass through the courts you both come from, effectively, backgrounds of privilege.

‘It couldn’t be more childish, effectively an insult on somebody’s parents – who’s got the richer dad – that started this fight.

‘You both appear to be incredibly immature, perhaps as a result of being cosseted in your upbringing.’

The judge added that the pair of them, though immature, have ‘much to contribute to society’.

Both Ilonze, who wore a blue suit, and Oluyemi, wearing a grey suit and glasses, thanked the judge for sparing them jail before leaving the Old Bailey dock.

Ilonze, of Hendon, and Oluyemi, of Colindale, North London, admitted two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

They were each given a one-year prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.

 

Former Labour Cabinet Minister Tessa Jowell Loses Battle With Brain Cancer

Labour veteran and former cabinet minister Dame Tessa Jowell has died after a year-long cancer battle aged 70.

A family spokesman said she suffered a haemorrhage on Friday, and fell into a coma until her death on Saturday (May 12).

The former Blair minister succumbed to a gliobastoma multiforme brain tumour that was diagnosed last May.

Looking frail and her voice cracking with emotion, Dame Tessa received a standing ovation as she said: “Let us live well with cancer, not just die from it.”

Dame Tessa’s frontbench career lasted almost 20 years and today she was hailed as an “inspiration” with “unflinching tenacity”.

Dame Tessa Jowell
Dame Tessa Jowell

She became MP for Dulwich, South London, in 1992 and was a key player in bringing the 2012 Olympics to London before joining the Lords in 2015.

She held the Cabinet role of Culture Secretary for six years and later launched a bid to be London’s mayor, but lost the Labour nomination to Sadiq Khan.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair said this morning: “There was no-one like Tessa and no-one better. I will miss her more than I can say.”

Highlighting her work in the implementation of the Sure Start programme, as well as her drive to narrow the pay gap, Mr Blair hailed her “remarkable” achievements.

Dame Tessa Jowell had a long political career

Former PM Gordon Brown said: “No-one will ever forget the courage, strength and compassion for others that defined her life.

“[That was] shown in her incredible bravery in facing cancer and her desire to ensure that even while she suffered herself, she helped others who faced similar illnesses.”

Lord Sebastian Coe, former chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, said there would not have been a London 2012 without the contributions of Dame Tessa.

He said: “No politician deserves greater credit for the Games. She showed unflinching tenacity in persuading the Prime Minister and the Cabinet that the Government should throw its full weight behind the bid.

“And long after the Games were over, Tessa continued to fight for their legacy.

Dame Tessa Jowell making an emotional plea for more cancer treatment in Parliament
Dame Tessa Jowell making an emotional plea for more cancer treatment in Parliament (Image: BBC)

“Without her, the sporting landscape of the UK would have looked very different, and so many other tangible legacies left dormant.

“I will miss her enormously.”

Former acting Labour leader Harriet Harman said Dame Tessa was “no softie”, adding: “She was clever and tough.”

“Tessa was my MP neighbour for 23 years, always courteous and polite with local agencies, hospitals and schools.

 

“But if they were misleading, uncaring or obfuscating she would be tougher than anyone – and forensic with it.

“But above all she wanted to see Labour in government, and when we were she took her unique style and deep personal commitment into the heart of Whitehall.”