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Teen killer’s ‘frenzied’ attack after pool table dispute

Ahmed Hashi struck Mohammed Hersi with a chair as he left a Finsbury Park restaurant

01 June, 2018 — By Emily Finch

Ahmed Hashi has been convicted of manslaughter

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 Café, in Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, just after 10pm on November 28 last year.

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

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

Mohammed Hersi died in hospital the day after the Seven Sisters Road attack

Doctors battled to save his life but he died in hospital the next day. Hashi handed himself in 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 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 café.

“Hashi handed himself in to 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.”

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.”

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

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