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‘Night of violence which claimed two young lives’

Sadiq Aadam Moham­med, 20, and Abdikarim Hassan, 17, died after being stabbed in two separate incidents last year

14 March, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

Abdikarim Hassan

SIX teenagers were involved in a night of violence in which two Camden men were stabbed to death, a jury has been told.

Sadiq Aadam Moham­med, 20, and Abdikarim Hassan, 17, died after being stabbed in two separate incidents last year. A trial, expected to last 10 weeks, began at the Old Bailey this week.

The prosecution said that all the defendants, who are known to each other and socialised on the Peckwater estate, in Kentish Town, were involved to varying degrees in five incidents on February 20 last year between 8.15pm and 10.15pm.

Isaiah Popoola, 19, is charged with both murders. Christian Thomas, 19, and Anuoluwa Temenu, 19, are charged with murdering Mr Hassan in Bartholomew Road, Kentish Town. Ben Drummond, 19, of Ingestre Road, and JJ Fatuga, 19, of Clarence Way, are charged with the murder of Mr Moham­med in Malden Road, Belsize Park.

A 17-year-old accused, who cannot be named because of his age, is charged with violent disorder. All deny the charges.

Prosecutor Julian Evans said two stolen vehicles – a series 3 BMW and a dark blue Ford Transit van – were used on the night. The first incident in Aldenham Street, Somers Town, saw two young men, one who was seriously injured, attacked outside St Anthony’s flats.

About 10 minutes later, in Kentish Town, a silver-coloured car – which the prosecution say is the same BMW – is seen on CCTV driving along Bartholomew Road and pulling over. “Within seconds, Abdi­karim Hassan was att­acked in Bartholomew Road,” said Mr Evans. However, the fatal stabbing was not captured on CCTV and there are no witnesses to the attack itself.

The BMW then headed to the Peckwater estate. One witness said she saw a group of young men – up to 25 strong – jumping up and down.

She said she heard someone say: “Yeah, let’s go to Hackney” before up to 15 got into a van and drove towards Islip Street. “Members of the group were armed with knives or other bladed weapons,” said Mr Evans.

Jurors were told the next incident was in Pembury Circus, Hackney, where seven armed men from the van confronted another group of men, one of whom was surrounded, punched and kicked to the ground. From CCTV, it appeared the unidentified man was not seriously injured.

Just before 10pm, the van stopped in North Road, Islington, and a man is seen on CCTV being chased on a neighbouring road by one of the men from the van, said Mr Evans. It then stopped in Prince of Wales Road and four armed men from the van begun to chase Mr Mohammed and his friend.

The friend managed to hide in a shop while Mr Mohammed tried to seek refuge in a car. “He got into the rear passenger seat and in desperation told the driver to “Go, go, go, drive, drive”, but the driver, fearing she was effectively being robbed, got out of her vehicle,” said Mr Evans. The men dragged Mr Mohammed out of the car and he was repeatedly stabbed. The four men ran off and the van was driven away at speed, past the body of Mr Mohammed.

The prosecution claim two of the men could be Mr Popoola and Mr Drummond. The van was then dumped in Fletcher Court and damaged by fire. The BMW was found by police two days later close to the home of Mr Popoola. Droplets of blood – matching Mr Hassan’s – were found on the car. A rucksack inside the car containing a black face-covering had DNA matching Mr Popoola’s, the court heard.

Mr Evans said Mr Popoola said that on February 20 he was at a memorial gathering after the death of his close childhood friend Lewis Blackman. Mr Blackman had been stabbed to death in west London two days earlier.

Mr Evans said: “The essential issue in this is the identity of the men who took part in these incidents.”

Mr Popoola, of Grafton Way, Mr Thomas, of Queen’s Crescent, and Mr Temenu, of Hackney, are also charged with wounding with intent and attempted wounding. Mr Drummond, Mr Fatuga, Mr Popoola and Mr Thomas and a 17-year-old also deny violent disorder. Another 17-year-old is also standing trial, accused of assist­ing offenders.

The trial continues.


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