Sidali Mohamed death: Boy guilty of student's murder outside college

Written by on July 12, 2019

A 17-year-old boy has been found guilty of murdering a student outside a college in Birmingham.

Sidali Mohamed, 16, was stabbed outside the gates of Joseph Chamberlain College in Highgate, on 13 February. He died days later in hospital.

Killer Louai Ali, who can now be named, was also convicted of wounding with intent and unlawful wounding. He is due to be sentenced on Monday.

The murder weapon was bought for £50 via Instagram, jurors were told.

In evidence, Ali said he agreed to purchase the 10in zombie knife before meeting the seller near his home.

He had headed to the college armed with the knife after his friend and cousin had been encountering issues with a group of boys, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

The murder trial was told the victim was killed in “less than a minute”.

Sidali – known as Sid – was one of three teenagers separately stabbed to death in Birmingham within the space of 12 days earlier this year.

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</figure>Prosecutor Michael Burrows QC told the hearing it was troubling that "knives are being bought in car parks".

Judge Mark Wall QC said lifting reporting restrictions, which normally ban the media from naming defendants aged under 18, was in the interests of “open justice,”

He said it was in the public interest to identify Ali due to the serious nature of the offences, adding that the boy would turn 18 in jail in 10 months time anyway.

Ali was also found guilty of two counts of possession of an offensive weapon.

The teenager, of Hosnet Grove, Birmingham, was cleared of another count of wounding with intent and threatening another with an offensive weapon.

He has a string of previous convictions including possession of a bladed article, battery, drugs and robbery.

Victim ‘was happy boy’

A victim impact statement from Sidali’s family said a “huge void” had been left in their lives.

“He was driven, aspired to be an accountant and was a role model to his younger brothers,” they said.

“He was a happy little boy who brought joy and happiness.”

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