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Grieving mother tells how son was murdered by armed gang

Mother of Mahad Ali, 18, says 10 attackers stabbed her son when trouble erupted at party

14 July, 2017 — By Koos Couvée

Mahad Ali, ‘a talented boxer’

THE grieving mother of a popular student stabbed to death two weeks ago has expressed her horror at the way her son was attacked by armed youths.

Mahad Ali, 18, from Upper Holloway, was set upon by a gang armed with knives as dozens of people spilled out of a party on an industrial estate in Acton in the early hours of June 29.

The former Highbury Grove School pupil was taken to hospital with multiple stab wounds but was pronounced dead two hours later. A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as stab wounds to the chest and abdomen.

Speaking briefly to the Tribune outside the family home, in Upper Holloway, this week, Mahad’s grieving mother said she believed her son had been attacked by 10 people.

“My son defended himself. He is [a] talented [boxer] so they came back with more people to attack him. Animals,” she said. She was too distressed to say any more.

The Tribune understands Mahad had gone to the ticketed party celebrating Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan. It was attended largely by youths of Somali origin.

His 19-year-old brother, who is understood to be severely traumatised by the events of that night, was also there.

Floral tributes left outside the family home

Detective Chief Inspector Luke Marks, who is leading the police investigation, said that between 40 and 50 people attended the early-hours party.

An altercation began inside the venue and spilled outside, resulting in Mahad being stabbed.

A 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and subsequently released under investigation. A 21-year-old man, also arrested on suspicion of murder, has been bailed to return to a north London police station in early August.

A third man, aged 26, arrested last Thursday on suspicion of violent disorder, has been released under investigation.

Despite the arrests, DCI Marks renewed his appeal for witnesses to come forward.

“We know there were pockets of violence that occurred in and around the venue that night and are very keen to speak with anyone who was involved in these, as they might have important information that could shed light on what happened to Mahad,” he said.

“Mahad’s family have been left completely devastated and are desperately seeking answers as to why he was set upon and what sparked the altercation.

“There is a strong possibility that the person or people involved in the attack would have got blood stains on their clothing. I would appeal to anyone who knows that a loved one attended the party, who either washed or threw away items of clothing when they returned home, to approach us.

“Please do not remain silent. To those mothers, sisters and girlfriends shielding the person or people responsible, please do the right thing.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8358 0200 or via Twitter @MetCC. To give information anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit


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