Teenager guilty of murdering 18-year-old at knife awareness course

Vladimir Nachev, 18, had previously threatened his victim

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

A teenager who stabbed an 18-year-old to death during a knife awareness course in West London last year has been convicted of murder.

Vladimir Nachev, 18, killed Hakim Sillah by stabbing him twice in the chest with a 25cm “Rambo” style knife on November 7 2019.

The young men had been taking part in a training course at the Hillingdon civic centre, run by the Youth Offending Teams, for previous weapon offenders under 18.

All attendants were subject to a risk assessment and “those classified as high risk were precluded from attending”.

Nachev claimed he had attacked Hakim in self-defence and intended to stab him in the arm rather that the chest.

Hakim Sillah, 18, died in hospital a short time after the attack

However, the court heard that the defendant had previously attacked his victim with a knife and sent him abusive messages.

In September 2019 Hakim was stabbed in the arm and required surgery. He told police that he was attacked from behind and could not provide a description of the suspect.

Analysis of Nachev’s mobile phone revealed he had sent a message to a friend shortly after he killed Hakim that implied he had been the one who carried out the previous attack.

The message read: “I’m going jail”, “I cheffed (stabbed) up hakz again inside yot”

Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Tunstall said: “This case demonstrates the challenges the police and probation services have in deterring young people away from knife crime.”

As well as murder, Nachev was also found guilty of wounding with intent against another teenager during the same incident. He will be sentenced on September 7.

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