Somalilandsun: Police chiefs in Bristol UK have slammed a murderer for lying to officers and prolonging the victim’s family receiving much-needed answers.
Mohamoud attacked dad-of-three Dego Ahmed after a drinking session on October 22 last year.
On Wednesday, July 8 2020 Bristol Crown Court heard he struck him to the ground before delivering multiple stamps to his head.
Following the hearing, detective Inspector Roger Doxsey said Mohamoud, 43, of Stapleton Road, ‘prolonged this case by lying to officers and failing to admit culpability for this murder’.
Mr Ahmed, 39, suffered multiple fractures to his skull, face and jaw and was put in an induced coma but died in hospital on November 6.
Recorder of Bristol His Honour Judge Peter Blair QC imposed a life sentence with a minimum jail term of 12 years.
“You set about a vicious and brutal attack upon him while he was defenceless and lying prone,” he said.
Senior investigating officer, Insp Doxsey, said his thoughts ‘are with Mr Ahmed’s family and kids, aged 15, 12 and 11.
He said: “Three children will grow up without their father because of this tragedy.
“We offer our sympathies to them and will continue to provide any ongoing support they need as they try to come to terms with what happened last October.
“Mohamoud prolonged this case by lying to officers and failing to admit culpability for this murder initially, despite the weight of forensic and witness evidence that was obtained by a team of hard-working detectives.
“He attacked a vulnerable man – it was unprovoked, violent and senseless.
“Finally, we’d like to thank the public for their support during this detailed investigation over the past nine months. The information provided to us has helped us secure a lengthy custodial sentence and put a dangerous offender behind bars.”
Victim had drinking session with attacker
Richard Smith QC prosecuting, told the court Mr Ahmed came from Somalia to the UK as a refugee in 2002, aged 22, and settled in Bristol.
The court heard he married and had three children aged 15, 12 and 11.
But, after a divorce in 2009, he lost his job and turned to drink, Mr Smith said.
Dego Ahmed (Image: Avon and Somerset Constabulary)
He suffered a serious assault in 2017, which left him with impaired memory and episodes of depression.
The court heard Mr Ahmed slept rough under a bridge in Riverside Park, near Stapleton Road.
In October last year he had a drinking session with a group of men, including Mohamoud, and was told to leave them.
Later Mohamoud was at his flat when he found Mr Ahmed on the first floor landing and shouted at him before attacking him.
A witness described how he supported himself on a wall and balustrade to deliver blows with “massive power” to Mr Ahmed’s bleeding head.
Police and paramedics at the scene of the murder (Image: Angela Turner)
Mohamoud told police he was not responsible for the attack, blaming it on another man.
Mr Ahmed was put into an induced coma and despite initially improving he died from a cardiac arrest on November 6, a result of treatment to thin his blood to avoid him suffering thrombosis.
Andrew Langdon QC, defending, said his client – a father-of-five who also came from Somalia to the UK as a refugee and became an alcoholic – fully accepted an account of what happened and urged for full credit for a guilty plea. Source link