Posts Tagged ‘murder’

Convicted killer ‘cut pensioner’s throat’ while released on licence

Tuesday, 22 November, 2011 Leave a comment

An Ealing man stabbed his 67-yr-old friend to death while out on probation from a previous killing, a court heard yesterday.

Mohammed Khaleel, 38, murdered Michael Zubrot in Perivale after he was released on licence for killing David Sheehan in 2003.

Jurors at the Old Bailey heard Sheehan was found stabbed to death in his flat in Boston Road, Hanwell. Khaleel was sentenced to eight years in prison for manslaughter.

After he served his sentence, prison authorities released Khaleel on licence. He moved to the probation hostel in April 2010.

In May that year he met 67-year-old Zubrot near Walpole Park, the jury was told. Zubrot was last seen alive at a bus stop on Ealing Broadway, west London, with Khaleel, said prosecutor Duncan Penny.

The pensioner’s decomposing body was found at his home in Buckingham Avenue on 9th September last year after friends raised concerns about his welfare.

Khaleel pleaded not guilty to murder. The trial continues.


Second wallaby murder at Ealing animal park

Monday, 21 November, 2011 2 comments

A pair of wallabies have been murdered at Brent Lodge Park a month after one animal was found beheaded at the same location.

Slain: Two more wallabies were murdered in Ealing last week

It is not yet known if the attack, which happened last Wednesday, is linked to the October slaying.

Bassam Mahfouz, Ealing Council member for transport and the environment condemned the attack and vowed to find the people responsible. He said: “Three new wallabies were brought in this week to keep Rolph company after his companion died in the previous attack.  It’s awful to think that within days of arriving in their new enclosure they have been attacked.

“We are installing CCTV at the site and in the meantime we have introduced additional overnight security patrols. The surviving wallabies are being moved to an alternative location overnight to keep them safe.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “We are increasingly concerned regarding the incidents in the Park.  It is visited by many families and they will be upset about this second attack. These sorts of incidents are very unusual and we are determined to find the person or persons responsible.”

If you have any information in relation to this incident, please contact wildlife officer PC Sara Lowe at Ealing Police on 020 8721 7135 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Man jailed for 1999 Heathrow murder

Thursday, 6 October, 2011 Leave a comment

A murderer who fled across the world to evade justice has been jailed for 24 years for murdering a tourist and dumping her body in a suitcase.

Yousseff Ahmed Mosalam Wahid, 42, went on the run across several Eastern European countries under a string of assumed names in order to evade justice.

He stabbed Fatima Kama to death in July 1999, on the day before the 28-year-old was due to fly home to Montreal. A post-mortem examination revealed that she was also sexually assaulted.

Walid was given a life sentence at the Old Bailey on Monday, with a minimum tariff of 24 years. The fugitive was eventually traced to Bahrain after continued police appeals. Following the combined efforts of British MPs and Bahraini police, he was caught after a carefully planned operation and extradited back to the UK.

Fatima’s body was found in a suitcase at a Heathrow Terminal 3 car park on 17th July 1999. Originally from Morrocco, Fatima had been a Canadian citizen for two years prior to her murder and was a regular visitor to London. Her family realised she was missing when she failed to arrive at Montreal airport.

Detective Chief Inspector John McFarlane, from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command (HSCC), officer leading the investigation, said:

“This was a callous and shocking murder which left a family grieving the loss of a beloved daughter.

“Wahid spent twelve years evading police and refused to face up to what he had done. I am pleased that Fatima’s family have finally got justice and that Wahid is behind bars, where he belongs.”

This case also represented the first extradition of a UK fugitive from Bahrain.

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Wembley Stadium update: witnesses wanted after 6 arrests

Wednesday, 7 September, 2011 Leave a comment

Detectives continue to investigate a murder prior to the England v Wales football match at Wembley last night.

Police were called at 7.20pm on Tuesday, 6 September, to an area outside Wembley Stadium following reports of an assault. Michael John Dye, 44, of Cardiff, suffered head injuries outside Gate C of Wembley Stadium. Some reports claim he fell to the ground after being punched as he walked through the turnstiles. London Ambulance Service treated him for a cardiac arrest before taking him to Northwick Park Hospital.

He was pronounced dead at 8.50pm. A post mortem examination is being carried out today (Wednesday) at Northwick Park.

Six men aged late 20’s to early 40’s were arrested inside the ground in connection with the death. They were taken to various London police stations where they remain in custody. All six were arrested in the Wales supporters’ area of the stadium. There are rumours that Mr Dye’s death was the result of rivalry between Cardiff and Swansea fans, although this is just speculation at the moment.

Police from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command (HSCC) are investigating, and inquiries continue to establish the full circumstances of the incident.

Acting Detective Chief Inspector Sheila Stewart of the Homicide and Serious Crimes Command said:

“I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident involving Mr Dye, which occurred on the concourse of the stadium near Gate C, to please come forward. It was understandably busy and I’m sure there must be lots of people who can assist the investigation.”

Anyone with information that may assist should call the incident room on 020 8358 0100; if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Image courtesy of Sam Ryan, Flickr.

Wales football fan dies outside Wembley Stadium

Tuesday, 6 September, 2011 1 comment

A man in his 40s died on Tuesday night following a scuffle just before the England v Wales match at Wembley Stadium.

The Wales supporter, named locally as Mike Dye, aged 44, was taken to hospital at 7.20pm suffering from head injuries. A fight reportedly broke out near the exit turnstiles of the stadium. He died in hospital just before 9pm.

Six men have been arrested in conjunction with Mr Dye’s death. They are all reported to be Welsh; more rumours suggest that the scuffle may have broken out as a result of rivalry between Cardiff and Swansea fans.

Cardiff City FC, who Mr Dye supported, will be making a tribute to him at their next fixture which will be played in Doncaster.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police are now seeking witnesses to Mr Dye’s murder.

Update: Finsbury Park imam murdered on Friday

Sunday, 4 September, 2011 Leave a comment

The man murdered in an Islington Islamic bookshop on Friday morning has been named by locals as Sheikh Maymoun Zarzour. He was blind and believed to be in his mid to late 30s.

Finsbury Park Mosque, where Mayman Zarzour was an imam

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of murder and are not looking for anyone else in connection with the shooting.

Zarzour reportedly attended morning prayers at the Muslim Welfare House on Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park, which was being used as a prayer venue, before he was murdered.

Reports from the Lebanese Daily Star newspaper suggest he was strangled by an Algerian national, although no post mortem has taken place yet and police are refusing to speculate on the cause of death or the alleged murderer’s state of mind.

The LNN reports that Zarzour “was an Islamist activist and was an Imam at a mosque in Britain.” They also quote the Gama’a al-Islamiya organisation, which claims that Zarzour was one of their members.

According to the American Council on Foreign Relations, Gama’a al-Islamiya “is a radical group that seeks to install an Islamic regime in place of the secular Egyptian government.” It adds that the group’s Egypt-based leadership renounced violence in 1997.

Although Gama’a al-Islamiya has not claimed responsibility for any terrorist attacks since the 1997 ceasefire, it did split into two internal factions. One of these factions has publicly declared support for al-Qaeda, whilst the other supports an Egyptian political party.

Despite their public stance against violence, the group remains on the US State Department’s list of banned terrorist organisations.

All prayers scheduled to take place at the Muslim Welfare House have been transferred to the North London Central Mosque (Finsbury Park Mosque) with immediate effect. Police officers from the Homicide and Serious Crimes Command are investigating the murder.

Image via Ben Sutherland, Flickr.

Arrest after death in Islington Islamic bookshop

Friday, 2 September, 2011 Leave a comment

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after another man was found dead in a bookshop in Islington this morning.

Police were called by ambulance crews this morning (Friday) at 10.20am. The ambulances were initially despatched following reports that the victim was seriously injured. However, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

No formal identification or post-mortem exam have yet been arranged. Islington Police are investigating the alleged murder, along with officers from the Homicide and Serious Crimes Command.

Police are keen to emphasise that the death is not thought to be race or faith related.