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A man who stabbed a father of two to death in a busy North London high street been found guilty of killing him.

27 year old Abraham Omotoso of Tudor Gardens, Harrow, was found guilty of  the manslaughter of Mohamed Al-Zufairi, 34 at the Old Bailey on Friday, 15 September, following a two- trial. He was found not guilty of murder.

Omotosho stabbed Mohammed while his young daughter was in a nearby shop

Police responded to reports of the stabbing in the evening of Monday, 27 February 2017  in High Street, Wealdstone and they arrived to find the victim suffering from stab wounds.  He was taken to a central London hospital by London Ambulance Service but despite the best efforts of medical staff and extensive surgery, he was pronounced dead at about 02:30hrs on Tuesday, 28 February.

A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the chest.

Shortly before 1850hrs on :27 February, Mohamed arrived in High Street, Wealdstone, with his eight-year-old daughter. He sent her into Poundland to buy some items while he waited outside. It was then that he was approached by Omotoso.

Witnesses reported that they had a short argument before Omotoso, who was wearing a parka-style coat with the hood pulled up, stabbed Mohamed and ran from the scene still holding the knife.

Luckily, Mohamed’s daughter did not witness the incident.

On Tuesday, 28 February police were notified that the suspect could have been someone by the name of Femi Omotoso. At about 18:00hrs on 28 February he was arrested on the suspicion of murder under the name of Abraham Omotoso at Gatwick airport having just purchased a one-way ticket to Nigeria with cash.

Detectives carried out a number of enquiries, including reviewing CCTV which showed Mohamed walking with his daughter in High Street on 27 February before she goes into Poundland.

It also shows Omotoso walking in High Street in a ‘purposeful’ manner before approaching Mohamed, fleeing the scene and getting in a black Range Rover nearby and driving away.

Victim: Mohammed Al-Zufairi

Officers also tracked Omotoso’s movements in the days leading up to the murder and he was caught on CCTV wearing the same parka-style coat on two separate occasions.

Detectives also examined Omotoso’s mobile phone data which showed it was inactive between 12:40hrs and 19:09hrs on 27 February, which was not in line with Omotoso’s usual daily phone use patterns. The phone’s movement also matched the movement of the Range Rover that left the scene of the crime.

Omotoso remained silent in all of his police interviews. He was charged on 6 March.

Detectives believe the motive for the attack was an ongoing feud between the victim’s brothers and Omotoso’s brother and friends.

Detective Inspector Jon Meager, the investigating officer from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “This was a brutal attack in a busy high street which resulted in a young father losing his life. While his daughter did not witness the assault, it is something that is undoubtedly going to affect her for life.

“Omotoso has shown no remorse for his actions on that day. I hope his conviction gives Mohamed’s family a measure of closure and comfort.”

In a statement, Mohamed’s brother Jafar said: “Mohamed was a family man, his family came first. I still can not really believe what has happened to Mohamed, the constant grief just gets worse. It’s like a massive hole just suddenly appeared in our family, our big brother was there one minute and suddenly he was snatched away. None of us can get a grasp of or understand. It makes it so much worse that we know that he was killed.

“I think it has hit his daughter the hardest. She did not see her dad being stabbed, but was with him. She walked to the local shops to get some sweets with her dad and returned home without him. She was the last one with, holding his hand as she says ‘Daddy never came home with me.

“Our lives will never be the same, they have been scarred.”

Omotosho will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on Friday, 13 October.





10 years after the murder of 19-year-old Edvin Johnson in Southwark, detectives from the Metropolitan Police have launched a fresh appeal for information that can lead to the apprehension of his killer, or killers.

A reward of £20,000 will be offered to persons providing valuable information leading Police to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible.

Edvin was found with a single stab wound to his groin at around 9pm, on Sunday, 16 September 2007 in the stairwell of Barnet House on the Crawford Estate in Camberwell. London Ambulance Service attended and he was taken to Kings College Hospital but he was later pronounced dead.

Edvin Johnson was stabbed in the stairwell of a Council block in Camberwell, South London

He had been about to start a course in business studies at Southampton University.

Investigations revealed that a group of approximately 12 youths were on the estate at the time of the incident and it is believed that five of these youths attacked Edvin and another man, neither of whom are believed to have been the intended target.

Knives were recovered during subsequent police searches of the area. Two silver handled knives, found together, appeared to be from the same set and one of these knives had Edvin’s blood on it.

DI Justin Howick of the Met’s Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: “Ten years have passed since Edvin’s murder and despite an extensive police investigation and several arrests, to date we have not been able to bring the perpetrator to justice. I am convinced that there were people on the Crawford Estate on the night of the murder who saw what happened but didn’t feel able to speak with police at the time.

“Today I would like to renew the appeal for those witnesses to speak to me in confidence, in the hope that they will now feel able to tell me what they saw, so that I can bring Edvin’s murderer to justice and bring some sense of closure to Edvin’s family.

“I would also urge anyone with information, particularly anyone who remembers two silver handled kitchen knives from the same set going missing in September 2007 to contact the incident room on 020 7230 4424, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Edvin’s mother Genevive Johnson, said: “Edvin was a wonderful young man. He was looking forward to starting his life in the University of Southampton. On that day the call came through and a voice on the other end said “Aunty, come quickly”. I rushed to the next building in the compound where we lived. I climbed up the stairs to find my son lying in a pool of blood. We are asking someone, please, to search their conscience; to listen to that still, small voice inside and to come forward and speak out, to help us make that closure.”




A murder investigation has been launched after a teenager was stabbed to death in broad daylight in north London.

Police were called to reports of a group of youths fighting with knives in Tottenham shortly before 6pm on Tuesday.

The schoolboy was stabbed to death in front of a crowd of fellow students after claims of a row over a girl on social media.

Osman Sharif, 16, was knifed once in the chest with a kitchen knife on Tottenham Green, next to busy Tottenham High Road, in broad daylight at 5.17pm yesterday.


There were claims he was killed in a fight which flared after footage of girls fighting was shared on the Snapchat social media site.

A brawl broke out and his attacker pulled out a kitchen knife in front of a crowd of students and plunged it into the teenager’s chest.

Officers and paramedics were scrambled to the scene where they found the boy, believed to be 17, with critical stab wounds.

Despite efforts to save his life, the teenager died at the scene in Tynemouth Road, Scotland Yard said.

Osman’s older brother was seen by witnesses running over to his body and screaming “help me, he is dying”.

Devastated family members were at the scene in Tynemouth Road last night as a murder inquiry was launched.

Sally Mungani, his aunt, paid an emotional tribute to the “bright and popular” media student who lived at home with his mother and two brothers.

He is the ninth teenage victim of knife crime in the capital so far this year.

Osman was stabbed over a video on Snapchat, witnesses said (Nigel Howard)


She said: “He was never in trouble, he was a good boy. He was never connected to any gangs or even been arrested it is a huge shock. He was so young, he was just turning 17 next month.

“Osman would light up the room he was so funny. You would just have to look at him and you would smile.

“We would like anyone who knows what happened to come forward because he didn’t deserve to die in that way. For him to be killed for no reason, it’s too much to take.

“We are losing a lot of young boys‘ lives every day like this. People need to look out for each other.

“But we have lost Osman and he is never coming back.”

Murder: Police taped of the road after the teenager was stabbed to death

Pictures from the scene show the road taped off while officers investigate. Part of the nearby Tottenham Green park is also believed to have been cordoned off following the knife attack.

An air ambulance was spotted landing in the area.

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A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: “Police are in the process of informing next of kin. A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.”

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with any information concerning this incident is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. You can also tweet information to police via @MetCC


Hundreds of knives are among weapons seized from schools across the country, figures have revealed as police chiefs warn of a “worrying” spike in the number of young people carrying them.

The majority of seizures involved children, including some as young as five, according to police figures released under the Freedom of Information Act.

Data from 32 forces in England and Wales shows that 2,579 weapons were seized at schools between April 2015 and the beginning of this year, including axes and air guns, as well as almost 500 knives.

The statistics come as the Guardian runs its Beyond the Blade series, an in-depth look at UK knife crime in 2017, and while some police forces roll out a crackdown on knife crime in schools.





Chief constable Alf Hitchcock, who leads the National Police Chiefs Council taskforce on knife crime, said: “Schools should be free of weapons and all children should be able to learn without fear or violence.

“We have recently seen an increase in young people carrying knives and this is worrying. We are responding to this trend by targeting those who carry them illegally and working with retailers to reduce the sale of knives to underage people through nationally coordinated operations.”

According to the figures released to the Press Association, 1,369 weapons found between April 2016 and beginning of this year – a rise of almost 20% on the previous full year.

Besides knives, 26 guns, including BB guns, air rifles and an imitation firearm were also seized. More unusual contraband included a police baton, a rolling pin, a can of beer and a 38cm (15”) metal rod. One student fashioned an improvised battery device, while another appeared to have improvised a weapon from an unwound paperclip.



At least 47 children found with weapons were younger than 10 – the age at which someone can be prosecuted. This included three five-year-olds, one of whom was caught with a knife while another was found with a “missile”– typically a brick or a rock.

A number of cases in recent years has highlighted the issues of knife crime in schools. In April 2014, Spanish teacher Ann Maguire, 61, was stabbed to death with 21cm knife by pupil Will Cornick at Corpus Christi Catholic College. Cornick, now 18, is serving a life sentence in prison.

The following year, teacher Vincent Uzomah was seriously injured when he was stabbed at Dixons Kings academy in Bradford by a racist pupil.

The boy, described as a low-achieving cannabis user with a criminal record, was 14 when he stabbed Uzomah, 50, a supply teacher, after an argument about an iPhone. The boy was given an extended sentence of 11 years.

The latest government figures show that in 2014-15 there were more than 132,000 occasions in which primary and secondary school pupils in England were suspended for assault or verbally abusing and threatening behaviour.



In addition, there were more than 2,100 permanent exclusions for these reasons.

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “Schools work closely with the police to protect and educate their pupils, and in some cases police officers are stationed in schools. Where appropriate, schools conduct searches and use metal detectors, and they implement robust disciplinary procedures against anyone found in possession of a weapon.

“Young people are taught about the dangers of offensive weapons both in lessons and in talks delivered by invited speakers.”

Police last week urged more schools in London to install metal scanners to protect children from rising violent crime as the death toll from stabbings in the capital continued to rise.


A 17-year-old boy who died after being stabbed in north-east London on Sunday became the latest young person to be killed with a knife. Elijah Dornelly was found injured on Walthamstow High Street at about 11.30pm and died later in hospital. Earlier in the day, he was one of hundreds of people who attended a peace march led by mothers who have lost children to knife crime.

Elijah Dornelly

His death brings the number of teenagers and children killed in knife incidents in the UK this year to 15.

Police-recorded data for England and Wales in the whole of 2016 showed a 14% rise in knife crime.

The new Met commissioner, Cressida Dick, has said that tackling rising knife and other violent crime is a priority and that she is prepared to increase use of stop and search, despite past clashes with government over the tactic.




Three gang members have been convicted of the murder of a man in Charlton.

The court heard how 25-year-old Tobi Animashaun had been surrounded and stabbed to death as he left work.

Those convicted are:

[A] Jeremiah Lloyd Johnson, 23 (11.09.93) of Walnut Road, E10;
[B] Codie Goodensimms, 22 (08.08.94) of Fairthorn Road, SE7;
[D] Antoin Gray, 22 (17.06.94) of Troughton Road, Charlton.

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They were convicted on Wednesday, 10 May after an eight-week trial at the Old Bailey. All three will be sentenced later today.

The court heard how on Sunday, 11 September 2016 Tobi went to his place of work, Sanisbury’s Supermarkets Distribution Centre in Anchor and Hope Lane, Charlton.

He had finished work and came out of the depot at around 19:45hrs.

Witnesses described how three cars full of young males had parked outside the front gates.

As Tobi walked out he was approached by at least one of the men from the car who started to speak to him.

Witnesses heard the conversation was around Tobi working and whether he was still part of ‘Road Life’.

The group then attacked Tobi without warning. They were armed with various weapons, which included knives, machetes and a baseball bat.

During the course of the assault Tobi was stabbed a number of time including one wound to his abdomen and another to his heart.

One of the attackers, who was armed with a knife, also threatened the members of the public who were witnessing the horrifying assault. After the attack the gang made off in the three cars.

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended, and Tobi was taken to a south London hospital.

Despite all the efforts of medical staff, Tobi died the following morning, Monday 12 September.

A post-mortem examination on Tuesday, 13 September, at Greenwich Mortuary gave his cause of death as result of the stab wounds to chest and abdomen.

An investigation began by officers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command and it quickly became apparent the motive for the attack was gang related.

Johnson and Goodensimms were part of a gang based on Charlton, southeast London

The victim had been a member of a rival gang from Thamesmead, southeast London, and there was a history of violence between these two rival gangs.

However Tobi had left the gang, started work and began to build a new life for himself.

Witnesses, phone enquiries and forensic evidence recovered at the scene and in the vehicles the gang used, resulted in suspects being identified.

On Friday, 16 September [A] Jeremiah Lloyd Johnson and [B] Codie Goodensimms, were arrested in connection with the investigation.

Both were later charged with Tobi’s murder: Johnson being charged on Sunday, 18 September and Goodensimms being charged on 29 November.

On Tuesday, 11 October [D] Antoin Gray was arrested on suspicion of murder. He was subsequently charged with Tobi’s murder on Wednesday, 19 October.

Detective Sergeant Steve Keogh of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “This case is all the more tragic as Tobi was on a new and positive path.



“He had got a job and was working to make a new life for himself, away from the pernicious influence of gang culture.

“Tobi was the victim of a planned attack that was savage, cowardly and remorseless. These men armed themselves with weapons, waited for Tobi, and then murdered him in front of horrified members of the public, who they also threatened.

“Tobi’s family has been left bereft by this wanton act of violence. These men have now been made to face the responsibly for their actions. They will face many years in prison to reflect on their violent actions of that day.”







The number of children carrying knives in London’s schools has doubled in the last five years, shocking new figures reveal today.

Statistics released by the Met police show that the number of knife related crimes in schools is also rising as politicians described the figures as a “wake up call” for London.

The data shows that the number of pupils caught in possession of knives in schools has risen for a fifth successive year, with 299 students found with knives in 2016, compared to 236 in 2015 and 203 in 2014.  In 2011, there were 152 children caught carrying knives in schools.

Figures also show a 26 percent increase in the number of knife related crimes taking place in London schools since 2014.

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, whose party uncovered the figures, said: “These figures are deeply worrying. We need to get these weapons out of our schools.”

Emergency services outside Victoria Station in central London, where two schoolboys were stabbed and taken to hospital (PA)

He called on Mayor Sadiq Khan to do more, saying : “Most schools provide a secure environment where children enjoy learning, but some are failing our children and becoming more unsafe.

“Carrying a weapon in school does not mean it is just a school matter – the police will become involved and take action. The Mayor needs to do more to keep weapons out of our schools.”

He added: “As a Dad with children at school this should be a wake-up call.”

London has been shocked by a number of fatal stabbings in recent months.

The figures emerged as police are battling a year on year 14 per cent rise in knife crime across the capital. Nationally knife crime hit a four year high in 2016, after a significant decline in incidents from 2008 onwards.

 Patrick Green, manager of the anti-knife crime charity The Ben Kinsella Trust, blames the rise in both possession and offences on the “Government dropping the ball” and wants the dangers of knives to be included in the national curriculum.

He said: “Young people often hold a number of irrational beliefs and misconceptions about carrying a knife. Some young people believe that carrying a knife will protect them, when in fact the opposite is true.”


“In our experience most of the young people who hold these assumptions have been victims of crime in the past and fear further victimisation. For a smaller number of the others it is a status thing, they feel it helps them establish respect in their group.”

Brooke Kinsella, the Eastenders actress who founded the Ben Kinsella Trust after her 16-year-old brother was stabbed to death in Islington in 2008, was commissioned by David Cameron to write a report on knife crime in 2011.

She found that prevention groups were finding it “extremely difficult” to get into schools to get their message across.

However Mr Green added: “There are still schools who are failing to engage with organisations who can help their pupils understand the risks associated with carrying knives.”

The Met recorded 67 knife crime offences in London schools in 2014, 71 offences in 2015, and 85 in 2016.

The rising numbers could partly be down to improved reporting following the death of teacher Ann Maguire in 2014 who was stabbed by one of her pupils.

Martin Powell Davies, London Regional Secretary, National Union of Teachers, said schools need more resources and time in the curriculum to be able to pick up issues and educate young people about the dangers of carrying knives.

The Met’s Trident gangs unit has already delivered educational presentations on knife crime to 14,000 young people across London and there are 292 Safer Schools Officers deployed across 550 London schools.


London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s Office for Policing and Crime also want to increase the number of schools officers to cover every secondary school and college in the city.

London’s deputy mayor for policing and crime, Sophie Linden, said: “The Mayor’s top priority is keeping Londoners safe, and both he and I are deeply concerned about the rise in knife crime in the capital.

“Our schools should be places of safety, so we’re working with police to take knives off London’s streets by targeting those who carry weapons, placing officers in schools to educate young people about the dangers of carrying a knife, and working with retailers to explore what more can be done to reduce the underage sale of knives.”

Later this month Mr Khan will launch the Mayor’s Police and Crime Plan that makes tackling knife and gang crime a core priority, which follows his Knife Crime Summit held last Autumn.



Detectives from Croydon are appealing for information and witnesses following a stabbing in the Wandle Road car park, CR0.

Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 22.26hrs on Tuesday, 28 February to reports of a teenage boy found stabbed in the car park near Whitgift Street.

Officers attended and found a 17-year-old boy with multiple stab wounds in a stairwell. He was taken to hospital where his condition is described life-threatening.

Detectives from Croydon CID would like to speak with anyone who witnessed the stabbing or has any information that may assist the investigation.

No arrests and enquires continue.

Anyone who witnessed the stabbing is asked to contact Croydon CID on 101 or via Twitter @MetCC

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.