Two teens have been jailed for the knife murder of an 18-year-old, which they marked with a fist bump. William Haines, 18, and a 17-year-old who cannot be identified for legal purposes attacked Yusuf Mohamed with Rambo-styles knives outside a food shop in Shepherd’s Bush, west London last summer.
Yusuf had been leading along Uxbridge Road with friends when the defendants passed from the other side of the street and set upon him ‘for no obvious cause,’ a court heard.
Prosecutor Bill Emlyn Jones told the Old Bailey: ‘[He] had no time to move away, he had no time to do anything to defend himself. ‘Unlike his attackers, he was not taking a weapon. He stood no chance.
Haines closed in on Yusuf and wounded him in the heart with ‘brutal efficiency’ on the evening of June 26. Mr. Jones remained: ‘Seeing Yusuf collapse to the floor, and as Yusuf desperately attempted to retreat, crawling back on his elbows, (the 17-year-old) took out his own knife and chased him, stabbing him in the leg as he lay defenseless.
‘As the two young guys ran away, tucking their knives back out of sight, they gave each other a fist bump as if to speak, “Well done us.”’
Medics hurried to save Yusuf’s life, but he died later that night. Jurors were shown ‘distressing’ CCTV footage of the assault and the killers’ callous celebration outside the Intercontinental Foods store.
Haines, from nearby Acton, accepted being the person in the CCTV footage but said he could not recognize the incident, having drunk alcohol. Haines was found guilty of murder and holding a blade. His co-accused was cleared of murder but admitted murder and having a knife. The defendants were remanded in jail, to be sentenced at a hearing on February 24.