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Finsbury Park murder: Teenager found guilty of manslaughter

Father-of-four was killed outside an Ethiopian restaurant in Seven Sisters Road

29 May, 2018 — By Emily Finch

Bethel Café Restaurant, scene of the attack in Seven Sisters Road last November 

A TEENAGER who beat a father-of-four to death in a “frenzied attack” following a minor dispute over a pool table has been convicted of manslaughter.

Ahmed Hashi, 18, attacked Mohammed Hersi, 40, with a chair as he left the Bethel Cafe in Seven Sisters Road just after 10pm on November 28, last year.

The attacker, who was just 17 years old at the time and is from Hornsey, had fallen out with Mr Hersi over the use of the pool table in the restaurant.

Mohammed Hersi who was attacked outside the Bethel Cafe 

Hashi stamped on Mr Hersi’s throat and body before running away. Mr Hersi was left with brain damage, multiple skull fractures and a severely damaged left eye.

Doctors battled to save his life but he was pronounced dead the next day in hospital.

A major manhunt was launched but Hashi handed himself to police at Wood Green Police station three days after the attack.

A jury found Hashi guilty of manslaughter at Wood Green Crown Court following a two-week long trial.

Deputy chief crown prosecutor, Ruth Bowskill, said: “This was a senseless killing of a family man who had simply gone out to enjoy a game of pool at his local cafe.

“Hashi handed himself in to the police after the attack but then went on to deny the killing, forcing Mr Hersi’s family to relive their ordeal and sit through a trial. However, the prosecution was able to prove Hashi was guilty with the support of witnesses and CCTV evidence. Our thoughts are with Mr Hersi’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

Ahmed Hashi who will be sentenced on June 29

Detective Inspector Rita Tierney of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command said: “This was an excessive, frenzied and completely unjustified attack that has left a wife without a husband and children without a father.

“I know that nothing can replace Mohammed Hersi for his loved ones, but I sincerely hope that they gain a measure of comfort and a sense of justice following Hashi’s conviction.”

Hashi will be sentenced at Wood Green Crown court on June 29.

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