Case: Shot dead in Southall: Khalid Farah
Victim
Name:
Khalid Abdi Farah
Gender:
Male
Date:
2017-11-11
Nationality:
British
Weapon:
Gun
Killer
Name:
Malique Thompson-Hill
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
British
Killer
Name:
Jermaine Paul
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
British
Status: Solved
Categories: Uncategorised
Case synopsis:

Khalid Abdi Farah, 26, was shot dead in a planned "execution" in Southall on 11 November 2017.

He was targeted as he sat in the driver's seat of a Ford Focus outside a row of shops in Lady Margaret Road at around 1.20am.

Mr Farah was talking to a friend when a stolen Volkswagen Tiguan arrived at the scene and a man in a hooded top got out of the passenger seat.

CCTV cameras captured the man walking to the Focus to looked through the open passenger side window before firing a shotgun at Mr Farah at point blank range.

The victim's friend got out of the car and ran off. A further shot was then fired at Mr Farah's chest before the gunman got back into the Tiguan and left the scene.

Police were called at around 1.23am but Mr Farah died in hospital at 3.32am. A post-mortem confirmed cause of death as a gunshot wound to the chest.

On 3 December 2017 Malique Thompson-Hill, 21 (10.05.96), of Atlee Road, Hayes, was charged with murder. On 12 January 2018 Jermaine Paul, 22 (14.04.1995), of Acacia Avenue, West Drayton, was charged with murder. was charged with arson and assisting an offender on 26 January 2018. 

They went on trial at the Old Bailey on 9 July 2018. Thompson-Hill and Paul were convicted of murder on 23 and 24 August 2018. Joshua Folorunso, 27 (27.10.90), of Hayes, was convicted of perverting the course of justice.

On 30 August 2018 Thompson-Hill and Paul were both sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 30 years before parole. Folorunso was later sentenced to six years imprisonment.

Killers Malique Thompson-Hill (left) and Jermaine Paul

The prosecution claimed Thompson-Hill and Paul were both involved in the plan to shoot Mr Farah as part of an ongoing dispute.

Jurors were told the suspects were linked to the stolen Tiguan by evidence including CCTV, ANPR cameras and mobile phone records.

Prosecutor Mukul Chawla described how the gunman "calmly and coldly proceeded to execute Mr Farah by firing a shot at virtually point-blank range at him in the driver’s seat."

The Tiguan was abandoned in a car park in Knowles Close, approximately 500 metres from Paul's home in West Drayton.

Following a series of phone calls between the Thompson-Hill, Paul and Folorunso, the Tiguan was set on fire at around 8pm.

Detectives established Thompson-Hill as a potential suspect and arrested him on 2 December. His mobile phones were used to link him to both Paul and Folorunso and match his movements to the stolen VW Tiguan in the days leading up to the murder.

Judge Sarah Munro QC said: "This case is yet another example of the needless and tragic loss of a young man’s life on the streets of this city,

"Mr Farah’s mother and sister, Hamda, sat in court through the majority of the trial and they are to be commended for the dignity shown by them throughout as they came to terms with the fact that the young man they loved had been targeted by you for execution."

Detective Inspector Garry Moncrieff of the Homicide and Major Crime Command said: "While our investigation could not establish which man took the fatal shots that killed Khalid Farah, what is clear is that both Thompson-Hill and Paul conspired together to murder him.

"Phone analysis shows there was considerable contact and planning between the two in the days leading up to the murder, followed by a determined effort to try and destroy evidence using Folorunso.

"Khalid died in a horrific manner; shot from close range as he sat in a car - he did not stand a chance. What the exact motive for the murder was remains unclear - however, there had clearly been tensions between Khalid and his murderers.

"This brutal murder has devastated Khalid's family and I hope that they can now find some comfort in knowing that the people who did this will spend a lengthy time behind bars. This murder was a cold-blooded and calculated attack with a firearm. The sentences mean that these men will no longer be a danger on the streets of London."

Khalid's family said in a statement: "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. He was a kind and lovable soul that made an impression with everyone he would meet. We as a family will never come to terms with this."

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