By Christian Smith
A 27-year-old man was found guilty of manslaughter of Mohamed Al-Zufairi at the Old Bailey today.
Abraham Femi Omotoso, 27, of Tudor Gardens, Harrow, stabbed the 34-year-old father of two, who was waiting outside a Poundland as his eight-year-old daughter went bought some sweets.
Omotoso was arrested at Gatwick airport in February having just purchased a one-way ticket to Nigeria with cash.
Detective Inspector Jon Meager, the investigating officer from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “This was a brutal attack in a busy high street which resulted in a young father losing his life. While his daughter did not witness the assault, it is something that is undoubtedly going to affect her for life.
“Omotoso has shown no remorse for his actions on that day. I hope his conviction gives Mohamed’s family a measure of closure and comfort.”
In a statement, Mohamed’s brother Jafar said: “Mohamed was a family man, his family came first. I still can not really believe what has happened to Mohamed, the constant grief just gets worse. It’s like a massive hole just suddenly appeared in our family, our big brother was there one minute and suddenly he was snatched away. None of us can get a grasp of or understand. It makes it so much worse that we know that he was killed.
“I think it has hit his daughter the hardest. She did not see her dad being stabbed, but was with him. She walked to the local shops to get some sweets with her dad and returned home without him. She was the last one with, holding his hand as she says ‘Daddy never came home with me.
“Our lives will never be the same, they have been scarred.”
Omotoso will be sentenced at the same court on Friday, 13 October.