A man appeared at the Old Bailey on Thursday, February 18 where he was jailed for life for his role in the in the murder of a 23-year-old who was stabbed 18 times in the street.
Warrick Carson, 25, of Bushway, Dagenham, was found guilty of murder after Abdulrahman Nassor Juma was killed near his Barking home on the night of May 17, 2018.
The victim, known as Mani to his friends, had known all of his attackers through school or relatives. The unanimous verdict came after a court heard how Carson, with three others, had targeted Mr Juma.
The jury was told that in an attempt to escape his attackers, the victim had kicked off his flip flops and run barefoot through the street but was pounced upon and stabbed with Rambo-style knives.
Now, Carson will face life imprisonment with a minimum term of 26 years’ imprisonment for his role in the attack.
Detective Inspector Rita Tierney, of the Met’s Specialist Crime North Command, said: “This was a planned and co-ordinated attack and Mani never stood a chance when he was set upon. I cannot imagine how scared he must have been that night.
“For more than two years his family have waited for Carson to be brought to justice. While nothing can make up for the loss of Mani, I hope that the verdict will at least bring his family a little peace.
“The community will be a lot safer as a result of Carson now being behind bars. People must remember that they can play a really important role in tackling violent crime and if you have information about crime, we urge you to tell us, so that we can tackle violence together and help keep our neighbourhoods safe.”
Police were called at 11.31pm on May 17, 2018 to reports of a man stabbed on Crows Road close to Harts Lane in Barking. Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service and found Mr Juma suffering from catastrophic stab injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Old Bailey heard Mr Juma was standing alone outside a block of flats on Harts Lane when a white BMW pulled up near him. Two men got out of the car and immediately attacked him. It was then that he kicked-off his flip flops and ran away barefoot but his attackers caught up with him and continued to stab him.
While he was being attacked, the two men in the BMW – the driver and a passenger – turned the car around 180 degrees so it was ready to make-off from the scene. Within two minutes and 17 seconds of leaving the car, both knifemen got back into the BMW and it sped away.
Homicide detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command immediately launched an investigation, with mobile phone analysis as well as CCTV footage linking the suspects to the scene of the murder.
Carson was charged with murder on November 20, 2018. In an interview, Carson chose to say nothing in response to police questions. A motive for his and his accomplices’ brutal attack has never been fully established.
Mr Nassor Mohammed, Mani’s father, said at the verdict: “I have relived the CCTV of my son being killed so many times. I have seen him trying to shield himself from his murderers, tumbling to the floor as his killers mercilessly continue to stab him. They made sure there was no life left in him.
“No parent should ever have to see this. It’s an image I will never be able to get out of my head. I will never forgive those that took his life. I had so much hope for him but in a flash he was gone – taken by those once his friends and even a relative.”
Three others have already been jailed for the young man’s murder.
Mohammed Ali, 25, of Maud Gardens, Barking, and Syed Fahad, 25, of Salisbury Avenue, Barking, were both sentenced at the Old Bailey on July 22 for the murder of 23-year-old Abdulrahman. They are currently serving a minimum of 23 years each in prison
Jonathan Mulangala, 24, of Stonebridge Road, Tottenham was jailed for Abdulrahman’s murder; he was also sentenced for a charge of attempted murder of another male in a separate incident on April 7, 2018, and possession of an offensive weapon. He is serving 32 years for Mr Juma’s murder, as well as 18 years for attempted murder and eight months for possession of an offensive weapon for the separate incident, all to be served concurrently.
Ali was arrested on June 1, 2018, while Fahad – who had fled the country after the attack – was arrested on July 2, 2018. Mulangala was arrested by officers on July 25, 2018.