Teenager sentenced for knife murder

Issued on 14/11/17 at 11:58 a.m.

A teenager has been jailed after he was found guilty of murder at Leicester Crown Court.

On Monday 15 May, Mucaad Ali Farah was involved in an argument with 22-year-old Abdirahman Adam, in St Matthews Way, Leicester. Abdirahman sustained a single stab wound to his chest and later died in hospital.

Farah, 18, of Bishopdale Road, Leicester, was sentenced today (Tuesday 14 November) to serve a minimum of 14 years.

Detective Chief Inspector David Swift-Rollinson, of East Midlands Special Operations unit major crime team, said: “Today a teenager begins a significant jail sentence for murdering a man on the streets of the city.

“A single stab wound resulted in the death of a young man and a family have been left distraught by their loss.

“Farah chose to carry a knife that day and he intended to cause harm. He has shown no remorse for his actions.

“Two families now have been left without their loved ones, following a seemingly insignificant argument that had such devastating consequences.

“Throughout the legal proceedings both families have acted in a very respectful and dignified manner, and I’d like to praise them for that. The two families have acted as one community throughout.

“Knife crime is a priority for the force and we are working closely with partner agencies to address the underlying issues, carrying a bladed weapon in a public place is an offence, and we aim to educate the young and old about the serious consequences of their actions.”

Today the force has launched two new films showing the horrific impact of knife crime. Their release follows a week-long policing operation of warrants and searches in the force area which resulted in seven people being arrested and 17 knives recovered.

In 2015, two murders happened in Leicestershire involving the use of a knife. To date this year, eight such homicides have happened.

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