A teenager who stabbed a man through the heart in a busy street has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murder.
Netherlands-born Mucaad Ali Farah, 18, will serve a minimum of 14 years behind bars after he was convicted of murdering Abdirahman Adam, 22.
Farah, of Bishopdale Road in Beaumont Leys, Leicester, was 17 when he stabbed Mr Adam to death on May 15 this year.
The sound of loud cries from Farah’s sister filled Leicester Crown Court after the verdict was returned.
Farah had admitted stabbing Mr Adam in St Matthew's Way, but denied that it was murder.
Farah claimed that he acted in self-defence, believing that Mr Adam was going to attack him.
However, the 12 jurors deliberated for less than 12 hours before arriving at their unanimous guilty verdict.
Passing sentence, Judge Nicholas Dean QC told Farah, who sat in the dock wearing a dark grey suit, a black shirt and black tie:
The defendant’s barrister, Leonard Smith QC, said in mitigation that Farah had written a letter of apology to the family of the deceased and his own family.
Mr Smith said: