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Man found guilty of fatally stabbing shop assistant in Wood Green, Haringey

Man Found Guilty Of Fatally Stabbing Shop Assistant In Wood Green, Haringey
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A man has been found guilty of murder after he fatally stabbed a shop assistant in Wood Green, Haringey.

Ehsannullah Mohabat, 24 of no fixed abode was found guilty of murdering 24-year-old Irfan Ahmed, of Crouch Hill at the Old Bailey on Friday, 25 May following a two week trial.

He will be sentenced on Tuesday, 29 May.

Police were called at 3.10pm on Thursday, 29 September in 2011 to reports of a man stabbed within a butcher’s shop at The Broadway, Wood Green N22.

Officers attended Halal Food Direct, where Mr Ahmed was a member of staff, and found him unconscious suffering from stab wound.

He was treated by the London Ambulance Service, but sadly died at the scene.

The Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command launched an investigation.

A post-mortem examination held the following day gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the chest.

The court heard how on the day of the murder, Mohabat entered Halal Food Direct butcher’s shop and approached Mr Ahmed who was behind the meat counter.

It’s believed Mohabat began insulting Mr Ahmed which led him to ask Mohabat to leave the shop.

When a colleague attempted to intervene, Mr Ahmed was found suffering from a stab wound and Mohabat was seen holding a knife by his side.

Mohabat proceeded to walk out of the shop and began running along the central reservation. CCTV footage identified that he then attempted to board a bus but he jumped off it when he found he had no means to pay.

A blood-stained knife was found by officers on the floor next to Mr Ahmed.

In the hours after the murder, Mohabat was described by friends as being ‘in a hurry’ and he quickly fled from London to Gloucester.

Extensive enquiries and search warrants were undertaken in London, Gloucester, Birmingham, Leicester and Coventry. It is believed Mohabat fled the UK quickly and requests were made to highlight Mohabat as wanted via Interpol.

In late 2012, Mohabat was arrested by Turkish authorities for a drug offence. He was imprisoned for that offence and served his sentence before being extradited to the UK.

On 16 December 2017, Mohabat was charged with murder, manslaughter and possession of a knife.

Zeeshan Ahmad, brother of the victim Irfan Ahmad released the following impact statement from Pakistan: “Our family is an academic family and love education. Irfan was a broad-minded person and loved to study and learn. It was his dream to go to the UK and go to University. My parents sold our house so that Irfan could go to the UK and fulfill his dreams. Irfan always wanted to complete his studies and settle in London which he spoke of very fondly.

“My brother was a student in the UK when he was murdered. He was a good person and he was against all violence and fighting. The murder destroyed his dream and ruined our lives as well.

“Irfan’s murder has severely affected our family. It was my parent’s dream that Irfan get good education and have a good life.No my mother just looks at Irfan’s photo and cries. Our family will never ever forget him.

“We want Irfan’s murderer to be punished. If he is not dealt with properly, we believe he has the mentality to harm others in the future.”

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