1. ITV Report

Teen who stabbed man through heart in busy street jailed for life

Mucaad Ali Farah Credit: BPM media

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.

Scene of the murder in Leicester Credit: BPM media

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:

During his trial, Mucaad Farah portrayed Abdirahman Adam as someone he claimed was likely to be carrying a knife and as someone who would be prepared to use a knife to attack him.

Again, I must make it clear that Farah isn’t to be punished for how he chose to run his trial, he is not to be punished for the lies he told the jury; the sentence will reflect no more and no less what Farah did and the type of young man he is.

In my view Farah’s claimed belief that Mr Adam was armed with a knife was itself a fabrication. He had no such belief.

– Judge Nicholas Dean QC
Scene of the murder in Leicester Credit: BPM media

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:

He handed himself in to the police. There was some contrition, shock and sorrow of actually killing someone.

– Leonard Smith QC