Case: Teenager stabbed in Neasden: Saif Abdul Magid
Victim
Name:
Saif Abdul Magid
Gender:
Male
Date:
2017-10-06
Nationality:
British
Weapon:
Knife
Killer
Name:
14 year-old boy
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
British
Killer
Name:
14 year-old boy
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
British
Status: Solved
Categories: Teenage Victim
Case synopsis:

Saif Abdul Majid, 18, was stabbed to death by two 14 year-old boys on 6 October 2017.

Police and paramedics were called to Tanfield Avenue in Neasden at around 3.50pm.

Saif, whose family came from Sudan and lived in Ealing, had suffered seven stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem determined the cause of death was a stab wound to the neck which passed through the jugular vein into his lung.

On 11 October 2017 two 14 year-old boys from Neasden were charged with murder. A 15 year-old boy was charged with murder on 16 October.

They went on trial at the Old Bailey on 5 February 2018. The two 14 year-old boys were convicted of murder on 14 March 2018. Jurors were unable to reach a verdict on the 15 year-old suspect.

On 21 March the 14 year-old boys were both sentenced to the youth equivalent of life imprisonment with minimum terms of 14-and-a-half years for one boy and 14 years for the other.

The court heard Saif was known to the suspects and had become involved in a fight with them outside a parade of shops in Neasden Lane the day before his death.

He suffered a broken nose in the confrontation which was partially captured on CCTV cameras.

Saif returned to the same location at around 3.40pm the next day and was seen talking to the suspects.

The youths then walked towards a car park outside Clifford Court which was not covered by CCTV.

After the stabbing Saif managed to stagger to a bus stop, telling friends "I think I'm going to die" before collapsing.

One of his friends threw into the bushes a Swiss Army knife which fell out of the victim's pocket, the court heard.

The suspects were identified by witnesses and from analysis of CCTV.

During the trial one of the 14 year-old killers blamed the other boy for the fatal stab wound but claimed it was in self defence. He said that the row with Saif was about cannabis dealing.

Judge Christopher Moss, QC, told them: "Following the events of 5 October last year, the violent disorder, you both came back the following day to the Neasden area where you expected to encounter the deceased.

"You both expected the fatal encounter to take place and I am also satisfied that both of you were armed with knives.

"Saif was stabbed some seven times, one of those through the neck proved fatal - both of you stabbed him, though it's not completely clear which of you it was who inflicted the fatal wound.

"I cannot be clear that either of you had an intention to kill, however, both of you at least shared an intention to cause really serious bodily injury.

"It was deliberate and involved stabbing of the deceased while he was on the ground and it was probably pre-planned."

Detective Inspector Justin Howick, who led the investigation, said: "The level of violence directed at Saif on that fateful day was shocking.

"When the defendants, who had chosen to arm themselves with knives, made the decision to attack him as a mob he stood no chance.

"This is another sorry example of the tragic outcomes that can occur when individuals arm themselves on the streets.

"Two young men will now spend a significant amount of time behind bars as a result of their actions, while Saif's family will be left to mourn his needless death." 

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