Three teenagers convicted in relation to fatal stabbing after luring man to address in south-west London

Source: United Kingdom London Metropolitan Police

Three teenagers have been convicted after fatally stabbing a rival drug dealer after luring him to a house in south-west London.

The group tricked 24-year-old Abdirizak Hassan, known as Abdi, into visiting an address in Roehampton in May 2021 where they attacked him and stabbed him in the chest.

[A] Elijah Roye, 18 (21.09.03), of Carey Gardens, Wandsworth, was found guilty of murder.

[B] Muhammed Danso, 18 (21.12.03), of Fieldfare Road, Bexley, and [C] a 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were found not guilty of murder but convicted of manslaughter.

All three were convicted at Kingston Crown Court on Friday, 27 May and will be sentenced at the same court on Friday, 29 July.

Police were called at 11:04hrs on 6 May 2021 after a body was found at a residential property in a block of flats in Dowdeswell Close, SW15.

Officers attended and Abdirizak was found with a stab injury. He had been attacked at the same location the previous afternoon.

Detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command began an investigation. Witness accounts, forensic evidence, CCTV footage and phone data led to all three suspects being identified.

Through collecting this evidence, officers established the group had arrived at the property on the afternoon of 5 May 2021. The property was owned by a vulnerable person.

The group used the woman’s phone to lure Abdi to the property forcing her to claim she wanted to buy drugs from him. When he arrived at 17:20hrs they ambushed him in an attack that lasted several minutes.

The defendants then left the property and were seen on CCTV heading away from the area, before splitting up and going their separate ways.

In a statement, the victim’s family said: “Abdi was well loved son, brother and friend. He was a funny, clever, compassionate and big-hearted person. We miss him dearly and will cherish our memories of him forever.”

Detective Inspector Adam Guttridge, the senior investigating officer, said: “This case is yet another tragic example of the devastating consequences drugs can have on young lives.

“Our painstaking investigation involved reviewing a large amount of CCTV and phone data to link the suspects to one another and to the scene. I am pleased our work means three dangerous individuals will now spend a considerable time in prison.

“We also spoke to several witnesses and I would like to praise the bravery of those who spoke to us. The Met committed to reducing violence crime across London but we can’t do this without your help.

“While today’s verdict will not bring Abdirizak back, I do hope it gives his family and friends some closure to know his killers have brought to justice.

Two further charges in Barnet murder investigation

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Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of 30-year-old Olsi Kuka in Barnet have charged two more people with murder.

[C] aged 17, of Northants, and [D] Santana Thompson, 19 (04.02.03), of Aldriche Way, Waltham Forest, are due to appear at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, 28 May.

Police were called by paramedics shortly before 03:00hrs on Wednesday, 11 May after receiving reports of an injured man in a flat off High Road, N20.

Officers attended with paramedics and found Olsi with stab wounds. Despite the best efforts of the emergency services Olsi was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

Officers remain in contact with his family and are providing them with support.

[A] Bulent Bakir, 25 (05.01.97) of Old Road, Enfield and [B] Daige Ramsey, 23 (30.11.98) of Winchester Road, E4 were charged on Monday, 16 May with the murder of 30-year-old Olsi Kuka.

They appeared in custody at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 17 May and will next appear at the Central Criminal Court on 4 August.

Appeal on first anniversary of fatal shooting in Haringey

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Detectives have issued CCTV footage of a group of males they are working to trace in connection with the fatal shooting of a man in Haringey one year ago.

Mohamed Ahmed was just 23 years old when he was gunned down in Hornsey. To date, no one has been charged with his murder.

Police were called at about 01:10hrs on Friday, 28 May 2021 to reports of a firearm discharge in the vicinity of Turnpike Lane and Willoughby Road, N8.

Officers, the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance all attended the scene.

Mohamed was found seriously injured. Despite the best efforts of the emergency services he was pronounced dead at the scene at 01:55hrs.

A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as gunshot injury.

Detectives from Specialist Crime, led by Detective Chief Inspector Neil Rawlinson, are urging anyone who can help them to make contact.

DCI Rawlinson, said: “Though a year has passed, the determination of my team to find and bring to justice those responsible for this senseless killing remains undiminished.

“We suspect it to have been connected to an earlier firearms discharge on Park Lane, N17 that left a man injured. We believe friends of that man took him to hospital, and then travelled on to Turnpike Lane in a Honda Civic, happening upon Mohamed in Ducketts Common, before firing shots from the car and fleeing.

“We’ve released CCTV footage showing people we’re interested in speaking to. One clip shows three people – two on bikes and one on foot – this is before the murder took place. One of them has a very distinctive pattern on the back of his jacket. The other clip shows the person with the distinctive jacket dropping the aforementioned injured party off at hospital.

“I have seen time and again that members of the public want to work with us to remove violent criminals from their streets and I have no doubt there will be people who can help us here.

“You can be assured that we will speak to you in the strictest of confidence. My team are ready and waiting to act on that fragment of information that could potentially help bring a grieving family justice. Please don’t delay, and tell us what you know immediately.”

A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder in June 2021. He was later released under investigation.

In a statement, Mohamed’s family, said: “Our hearts are broken, and we are still grieving the loss of Mohamed Ahmed, our beloved son and brother. It’s been such a difficult year for us as a family because of the utter shock and disbelief that he isn’t here with us anymore.

“We still can’t believe it’s been a year since he passed. He will always be in our memories and will forever live in our hearts.”

Anyone with information that could assist detectives is asked to contact the investigation team on 020 8358 0200 quoting Operation Tottori, or call police on 101/ tweet @MetCC, quoting CAD 356/28May21.

You can also remain 100% anonymous by providing information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

North London man jailed for membership of extreme right wing group

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An investigation by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command uncovered the man’s real-world identity via an extreme right wing forum.

David Musins was arrested at his home on 10 November 2021 and after enquiries were carried out by counter terrorism detectives, he was charged with membership of a proscribed organisation.

Commander Richard Smith, of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “This was a detailed investigation which led to an admission of guilt and the team should be highly commended.

“Outwardly, Musins was unremarkable but secretly he willingly joined and took part in activities run by an extreme right wing group of individuals, united by confused and hate filled ideologies.

“I would ask anyone who is concerned about friends or loved ones to contact police and report what they know. Friends and family are well placed to spot worrying changes in behaviours and attitudes in people they care about; if you suspect someone close to you is at risk of becoming radicalised, the most important call you can make is to police. You won’t harm anyone, but you may well save lives.”

Officers worked to put together Musins’ history with the extremist group, and found evidence which pointed strongly to active membership of both National Action and its later guise as NS131.

On 22 February 2016, Musins had written a message on the Iron March introductory message board. He gave details about himself and that he had studied history before becoming interested in National Socialism.

On 6 March 2016, there was a meeting between the group members in a pub in Paddington, which Musins attended, and later on that month, he also attended a two-day camp called ‘Legion’ in Derbyshire. He also attended a National Action march in Darlington in November of that year.

He continued his membership of the group, now called NS131, after National Action was proscribed by the Home Secretary in December 2016. His involvement in the group’s activities continued for much of 2017, and he attended events including an outdoor camping and knife survival event, believed to be in Essex, in May of that year.

On 29 November 2017, NS131 was formally recognised as one of NA’s aliases and Musins’ involvement had by then come to an end.

During the search of his house in November 2021, officers found black clothing, black face coverings decorated with skulls, black sunglasses, spray paint cans, boxing gloves and a groin guard. These were all linked to his activity as part of the proscribed group.

A USB stick was also found; on it Musins had kept an exercise diary, which made reference to the Legion training camp in March 2016.

On Monday, 14 March, Musins, 36 (04.03.86) of north London, pleaded guilty to membership of a proscribed organisation (National Action).

He was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment with an extended period on licence of 12 months, at the Old Bailey on Friday, 27 May.

Appeal to locate Daniel Joslin – wanted after breaching conditions following release from prison

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Officers are appealing for the public’s help to find Daniel Joslin, 40, who is wanted for failing to comply with an Registered Sex Offender notification after his release from prison in May.

He is last believed to have been in the vicinity of St Marie’s Catholic Church, Oak Street, Rugby, at around 07:29hrs on Wednesday, 25 May. He has also been seen in and around Rugby train station.

Joslin is a white male, 6ft 1ins tall and of slim build; he is known to use a number of aliases.

He has previously targeted young women and girls and is considered to be a risk to both.

If Joslin is seen do not approach him but call 999 immediately.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC. Please quote EWMS 02RC/864258 or 02CW/864258

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

Convicted criminal arrested in Moldova following manhunt

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A man who absconded from prison in Turkey while serving a 21-year-sentence for offences in the UK has been arrested following a joint operation between the Metropolitan Police Service, National Crime Agency and Moldovan authorities.

Izzet Eren, 39, who is a Turkish national was detained in Chisinau, Moldova on Thursday, 26 May. Extradition proceedings are under way in Moldova.

Eren was jailed in the UK in 2015 for firearms offences. While serving his sentence, he was transferred to a prison in Turkey in August 2019, and absconded from custody a month later.

Commander Fiona Mallon, Specialist Crime, said: “I thank the Moldovan authorities, the National Crime Agency and the Crown Prosecution Service for their assistance in achieving this significant outcome.

“The Metropolitan Police Serious Crime Manhunt team works around the clock to track down the criminals ‘most wanted’ by the Met. In this case, a hugely complex investigation was launched to establish Eren’s whereabouts, with a wide range of investigative and sensitive intelligence opportunities exploited.

“This arrest sends a clear message to all those who commit serious crime in London: if you run, we will locate you and you will be brought to justice.”

Met officer charged and suspended from duty

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A Met officer has been suspended from duty having been charged with rape by Sussex Police.

Sergeant Laurence Knight, attached to Met Detention, was arrested on 28 July 2021 following the reported rape of a woman in Brighton on 17 July. He was not on duty at the time.

He was released on bail while enquiries continued and has now been charged by Sussex Police. He will appear at Brighton & Hove Magistrates’ Court on 23 June.

Chief Superintendent Pete Gardner, in charge of Met Detention said: “We know people will rightly be concerned to hear about this very serious charge against a serving police officer. We absolutely share that concern and I am thankful to Sussex Police for their thorough investigation and the continued specialist support they are providing to the victim.

“The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards are fully aware and misconduct matters will be dealt with once the criminal proceedings have concluded. The officer is suspended from duty.”

Following Sgt Knight’s arrest the Met made a mandatory referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct. The IOPC determined the misconduct investigation should be led by the Met.

Organised crime group sentenced for trafficking women into London for sexual exploitation

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Members of an Organised Crime Group (OCG) have been jailed for their part in the sexual exploitation and trafficking of women from Poland into London and the south east of England.

Specialist Crime detectives identified over 300 potential female victims and safeguarded 134 after one victim managed to escape and alert police.

Detective Inspector Esther Richardson, who led the investigation, said: “This organised crime group may never have been identified if it weren’t for our brave and courageous victim, her evidence was crucial to our investigation. I give my heartfelt thanks to her, she enabled us to bring these offenders to justice.”

The four men and one woman were sentenced today, Friday, 27 May, at Isleworth Crown Court. This was following a ten-week trial in March where they were convicted of conspiracy to arrange or facilitate travel of another person with a view of exploitation and conspiracy to control prostitution for gain.

They were sentenced as follows:

Sebastian Zimoch, 48 (08.11.73), of Carlton Road, Romford was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment.

Michael Lozinski, 53 (18.05.69), of Berwick Avenue, Hayes was also convicted of controlling prostitution for gain and was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment.

Gregaor Borowka, 44 (17.06.77), of Yeading Avenue, Harrow was sentenced to three years and nine months’ imprisonment.

Rafal Lacki, 41 (01.10.80), of Felmongers, Harlow was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment, however he has today been released due to time already served.

Anna Zimoch, 45 (21.01.77) of Carlton Road, Romford was given a two year suspended sentence, ordered to undertake 150 hours unpaid work and attend 30 days’ rehabilitation requirement.

The court heard how the victim, who was 19-years-old at the time, alerted police in April 2020, after she was denied food by one of the members of the OCG. This was following her refusal to perform sexual services with a client. In sheer desperation and determination she managed to escape and alert police.

The victim, using the pseudonym Bella, has since said: “I hope my story will help keep young vulnerable woman and children safe. Modern slavery needs to be stop immediately. After today, I will be looking forward to the future.”

At the core of the investigation was a small team of specialist officers who worked for 12 months, piecing together what had happened to ensure all the OCG were identified. They worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic, working late into the night when the demand in the sex industry was at its highest, to gather evidence.

In the early hours of Tuesday, 9 February 2021 officers executed five search warrants in Romford, Harrow, Hayes, Forest Gate and Harlow in Essex. They were arrested at their home addresses, along with Lozinski whose home operated as a brothel.

The court went on to hear how Lozinski ran five brothels in west London and Zimoch ran two brothels in the Docklands and north west London.

The ‘business’ began in 2015 and the OCG was run by the husband and wife team, Sebastian and Anna Zimoch. They recruited women, employed a number of drivers and a receptionist. They all received significant financial gain through this degrading form of exploitation, in excess of £500,000.

In addition, Michael Lozinski branched out running his own brothel to maximise his illegal profits.

Lacki was one of the main drivers for the OCG along with Borowka, who also worked as a receptionist for Golden Kiss escort services. Both Borowka and Lacki were trusted members of the OCG.

During this time, one women aged 19 was sexually exploited and trafficked to clients addresses in the West End. On one occasion the victim was taken on a call out to Arab clients, around £3,000 was exchanged for her services for a whole night, with the victim being paid around two hundred pounds.

In 2020, Lozinski and Zimoch ceased working together.

Sebastian and Anna Zimoch ran an escort website called Golden Kiss, advertising girls for sex work. He, along with his drivers, drove the women to the clients. Borowka accompanied Zimoch during these call outs.

DI Esther Richardson, went on to say: “My team have worked tirelessly to uncover the true scale of this illegal operation and track down and safeguard hundreds of other women across London who were being exploited by this OCG.

“Unfortunately, this type of exploitation is still happening across London and the UK. The Met’s modern slavery team works around the clock to identify people involved in human trafficking and forced labour, and we play a role in protecting and supporting hundreds of victims each year.

“We need help from the public as they have an important role to play in recognising and reporting modern slavery. If you suspect someone may be a victim of modern slavery, report it. You will always be taken seriously and protection and support is available.

“Often those affected do not see themselves as potential victims of sexual exploitation and many will have been coerced into this life to make money for an organised crime network. Victims are often told the police and authorities in the UK are not to be trusted and with limited English are unable to seek help, even if they want to.

“We believe there are victims of modern slavery in every borough across London and the public may encounter them every day, possibly without realising. As well as being sexually exploited, victims have been found working in construction, domestic servitude, agriculture, cannabis factories and in places you use yourself, such as car washes, barbers and nail bars.”

If you suspect that you, or someone you have come into contact with, may be a victim of modern slavery or trafficking and require support, please call The Salvation Army’s 24 hour confidential referral helpline on 0800 808 3733. This is the best way to get support to anyone you suspect might be a victim

You can also report a suspicion or seek advice through the Modern Slavery Helpline confidentially on 08000 121 700. This is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

You can also report to the police online at www.met.police.uk or by calling 101, in case of an emergency dial 999. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

Met officer pleads not guilty at court

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A Metropolitan Police officer has pleaded not guilty to 44 charges following an investigation by Hertfordshire Constabulary.

David Carrick, 47, appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday, 27 May.

He is charged with 44 offences against 12 victims including rape, coercive and controlling behaviour and sexual assault.

He was remanded in custody to appear for a trial at Southwark Crown Court starting on 6 February 2023.

Carrick was arrested by Hertfordshire Constabulary in October 2021. He was immediately suspended.

Prior to his suspension, he was attached to the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command.

We recognise the very serious nature of the offences that Carrick is accused of. The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards continues to monitor developments closely and misconduct proceedings will continue following the conclusion of the criminal case.

We will continue to provide whatever support we can to Hertfordshire Constabulary and the Crown Prosecution Service as they prepare for the upcoming trial.

Teenager jailed for stabbing man to death in Brixton

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A teenager has been jailed for stabbing to death a motorcycle enthusiast who was being filmed for a music video after his palm print was found at the murder scene.

Brandon McNeil, 19 (01.11.02), of Lollard Street, SE11, was jailed for life to serve a minimum of 24 years at the Old Bailey on Friday, 27 May for the murder of 23-year-old Shane Jerome.

He pleaded guilty to murder at the same court in March as well as attempting to cause grievously bodily harm with intent to another man and possession of a bladed article.

The court heard that Shane, alongside some of his friends, had been hired to star in a music video being shot in Brixton on 21 July 2021.

Shane was a keen motorcyclist and was in demand for such shoots because he owned a distinctive Yamaha MT07 motorbike.

As part of the shoot, a convoy of high-performance vehicles, including two Lamborghinis hired from a company and Shane’s MT07 motorbike, were to drive a 15-minute loop around Brixton Market and the surrounding streets whilst the artists performed for the camera. The filming was known about in advance and attracted a number of observers.

At 20:17hrs, the convoy had almost completed its loop and the vehicles were waiting at traffic lights in Brixton Road when McNeil, accompanied by four other unknown men, ran towards Shane with a Rambo knife in his hand.

Surprised, Shane tried to back away but he could not get far as his bike was stationary between a bus and one of the Lamborghinis. Shane raised his arms and tried to push McNeil away, but there was nothing he could do to stop McNeil’s ferocious surprise attack.

Terrified onlookers and participants of the shoot saw what was happening and ran for their lives.

McNeil then got ready to attack his next victim and he placed his left palm on the nearby Lamborghini before charging at one of Shane’s friends who was driving a quadbike. Luckily, the victim was able to duck out of the way and escaped unharmed.

Meanwhile, the men with McNeil had been throwing items at the other vehicles in the convoy.

McNeil, who is linked to a gang that operates in Brixton, and his friends then fled the scene and ran in the direction of Brixton Village.

Shane managed to run about 20 yards to a private patient transportation ambulance that had been waiting at the traffic lights. He opened the passenger door and immediately collapsed. The driver of the ambulance, who was not a paramedic, called the emergency services.

Officers, the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended but despite their best efforts they were unable to save Shane and he died at 20:45hrs.

Detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command launched a murder investigation, with assistance from the Met’s Forensic Services.

A CCTV review established that the suspect had placed his palm on the nearby Lamborghini. Examination of the vehicle by the forensic team and rapid work by the Met’s fingerprint examiners led the palm print to be matched to McNeil.

Cell site data from a mobile telephone attributed to McNeil also placed him in the Brixton area between 19:49hrs and 20:24hrs, later moving to the Herne Hill area. The phone stopped being used from 22:17hrs that night – after McNeil removed the phone’s SIM card.

The mobile phone and removed SIM card were found at McNeil’s home address when he was arrested on 29 July 2021. He answered ‘no comment’ to all the questions put to him during his police interview.

The court heard that McNeil has previous convictions for possession of a bladed article and when officers searched his address they found a terrifying collection of knives – however the one used to murder Shane was not found.

At sentencing, the judge ordered for all the knives to be destroyed.

When officers examined his mobile phone, they found three videos recorded less than a week after Shane’s murder that showed him playing with knives and bragging about his skill with such weapons. They also found a video that had been sent to McNeil showing the aftermath of Shane’s murder.

In a statement, Shane’s family said: “Shane was our only beloved son, brother, uncle and boyfriend. He meant the world to us and he played a massive part in our lives. Shane was a hardworking young man who had his whole life ahead of him, ambitions to fulfill and many more memories to make. He was always progressing in life, he started off in the building trade at the age of 16 when he left school and then progressed on to being a scaffolder, which was his passion.

“Shane was very family orientated, he loved spending time with his loved ones and the people close to him. Shane was very much a homebody. He was everybody’s best friend in his own unique ways.

“Shane always talked about becoming a dad and having a family of his own. He wanted to follow his dad’s footsteps and have his first child at the age of 24 with his girlfriend, but sadly that opportunity got taken. We have all been deprived of the next generation and carrying on the family name as he was our only son.

“No words could ever express the heartache of losing such a close loved one, not only has Shane had his life taken, it’s also taken the rest of ours. No justice will ever compensate what we have lost as a family.

“Shane was an innocent member of the public at no fault of his own, who was brutally murdered on the 21 July 2021 in a senseless attack whilst riding his motorbike, fulfilling his passion. He will forever be missed and will always hold a special place in our hearts.”

Detective Sergeant Fleur Halsey, the investigating officer from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “McNeil, who was only 18 at the time, armed himself with a knife that day and went out with the intention of attacking and, at the very least, seriously harming people involved in shooting the music video.

“The first person McNeil reached was Shane, who despite his best efforts, was unable to escape McNeil’s brutal attack which was carried out in broad daylight in front of terrified onlookers. McNeil had already fatally injured Shane, but he was intent on causing even more bloodshed and he narrowly missed Shane’s friend who was able to dodge out of the way.

“McNeil had an unhealthy obsession with knives and clearly did not think about the consequences of carrying them. McNeil had no choice but to plead guilty to his heinous crimes due to the overwhelming evidence we, and our Forensic Services colleagues, collected against him. He now faces a very long time behind bars where he can give considerable thought to his actions. We will not tolerate violence and we will continue to robustly target those who carry weapons.

“We believe the attack was linked to gang rivalry, as part of the music video was filmed on a gang’s ‘territory, but Shane was not linked to any gangs and was the intended target. Shane had his whole life ahead of him and was passionate about motorcycles. He died while simply doing something he loved – showing off his beloved Yamaha. Our thoughts remains with Shane’s friends and family who have been dignified and shown tremendous courage throughout.”

Operational Forensic Manager Chris Steele, from Forensic Services, said: “This case captures the strong evidential value in team work between Forensic Services and investigation teams in the Met.

“The well-established forensic management processes in place provided co-operation between the forensic front line, digital services and the investigation team to identify a strong line of enquiry. This led to a timely identification of a previously unknown murder suspect. McNeil was quickly apprehended as a result and was later left with no option but to plead guilty to the charges.

“McNeil placing his hand on the Lamborghini provided an opportunity for Forensic Services to target the area and get a finger/palm print identification for the murder suspect.

“The value of traditional fingerprint identification remains as important and relevant today as ever at all levels of crime.”