Saeed Ibrahim guilty of murder of Anis Omar Zen in Stanmore

Saeed Ibrahim, of Algar Close in Stanmore, was found guilty of the murder of Anis Omar Zen at Inner London Crown Court on Friday (July 5).

The 19-year-old stabbed Anis to death with a kitchen knife in Masefield Avenue last year.

Police and London Ambulance Service attended the scene at around 5pm on September 4, where they found Anis, also aged 19, critically injured.

He later died at the scene and a post-mortem examination confirmed that he had been stabbed twice, including once to the chest.

Detectives established that on the day of the attack, Anis had taken a taxi to Masefield Avenue to visit a friend.

The driver later told officers he saw a man, who was carrying a large knife, run towards the 19-year-old, before confronting him and stabbing him in the chest.

A second witness saw the suspect discard items in a bush. A later police search found a knife that had DNA traces on it.

Three days after the murder, Ibrahim attended a north London police station and was arrested.

During his police interview, he answered “no comment” to every question put to him.

In a prepared statement, he later claimed that he was approached by the victim, and that a struggle only broke out after he was threatened with a knife.

Detective Chief Inspector Laurence Smith, who led the investigation, said that eyewitness accounts proved that Ibrahim was not telling the truth, leading to his conviction.

He said: “Once again, a family has had to sit in court listening to the details of how their loved one lost their life in a brutal and entirely unjustified attack with a knife.

“Our thoughts remain with Anis’s family as they continue to struggle to come to terms with their loss.”

The detective added: “The dangers of carrying a knife, and the willingness to use it, are all too evident in this case. Ibrahim can expect a lengthy prison sentence for his actions.”

Ibrahim will next appear at Inner London Crown Court for sentencing on September 6.

 

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