Teenagers who ‘fist bumped’ after fatal stabbing convicted

Monday, January 20, 2020

Two teenage boys face jail after they stabbed another young man to death in an unprovoked attack and then celebrated the killing with a “fist bump”.

William Haines, 18, and a 17-year-old, who cannot be named, killed 18-year-old Yusuf Mohamed in a “savage and callous attack” on June 26 2019, with the motive still unclear.

Haines was found guilty of murder and possession of points and blades and the 17-year-old was convicted of manslaughter and possession of a bladed article.

William Haines, 18, was convicted of muder and possession of points and blades

A hearing at the Old Bailey was told that the victim had been walking with friends in West London when his attackers crossed the road towards him “for no apparent reason”.

Haines took out a knife and stabbed Mr Mohamed in the heart – he fell to the floor and as he tried to crawl away the 17-year-old stabbed him in the thigh.

The defendants ran away and were recorded on CCTV smiling and giving each other a celebratory “fist bump”.

Victim Yusuf Mohamed was not carrying a weapon

Police never found a reason for the attack. There was no evidence to suggest that the victim and attackers were known to each other or that Mr Mohammed was involved in a gang.

He was not carrying a weapon.

Detective Chief Inspector Rob Pack from the Metropolitan Police said: “This was a savage and callous attack where a young man was set upon in the street and lost his life in a matter of seconds.

“To this day, the motive for the killing is unclear. Both defendants clearly felt they could carry and use knives with impunity.

“That they congratulated themselves with a fist bump and smiles having so brutally taken a life is beyond comprehension.”

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