Date: 9 Jan 2002
Abdulkalaq Hussain Ali was stabbed three times outside a house in Hadyn Park Road, Shepherds Bush on 9 January 2002.
A Somali man was tried for his murder but acquitted on 21 August 2002. It was said that witness evidence was confused.
Abdulkalaq Ali was stabbed three times in the chest, with one stab wound piercing his heart and one going through the back of his neck.
It was said that the man tried for his murder had accused Abdulkalaq Ali of spreading malicious sexual gossip about his tribe. However, in court the man said that whilst he was at the scene of the murder, it wasn't him that stabbed Abdulkalaq Ali.
The court heard that Abdulkalaq Ali had told people that the man's clan had raped some men after no women turned up at a party they had held in Mogadishu, Somalia. It was heard that Abdulkalaq Ali had brought dishonour to the man tried by spreading the gossip and that he had attacked him because of it.
The man tried and Abdulkalaq Ali, along with others, had been socialising at the house at 90 Hadyn Park Road which was frequented by Somali ex-pat's and a place where they would chew khat. It was noted that khat had 'vaguely narcotic' properties.
However, it was said that they started to argue and that the man tried then confronted Abdulkalaq Ali about the gay slander that he was said to have been spreading.
Following the argument, Abdulkalaq Ali was said to have left the house and gone outside into the street where he then called his brother and some others who arrived soon after. A witness said that after Abdulkalaq Ali's brother and the other men arrived that the man tried for murder then went out and there was then a scuffle outside during which Abdulkalaq Ali was stabbed three or four times with a knife.
The police said that there was evidence that a hammer had been used by Abdulkalaq Ali's brother, and also possibly by Abdulkalaq Ali after he had been stabbed.
A police report stated, in regard to evidence provided a key witness who was considered reliable, 'I believe that the deceased was having an argument. He left the premises and called for reinforcements to continue the argument. He had little doubt that when they were fighting a hammer had been used'.
However, Abdulkalaq Ali's brother denied that he had brought a hammer to the scene.
Abdulkalaq Ali's family later made an application for criminal compensation but they were denied on the grounds that it was considered that Abdulkalaq Ali had in part been responsible for the fight, it being noted that he had had ample time to leave the scene.
The appeal judges said, 'We have considered these submissions in this case. The available evidence is somewhat confused but we are materially assisted by the evidence of the Detective. He gave us the strong impression that he made a careful assessment of the probable situation that had developed on that night. He made it clear that in his opinion the deceased had an ample opportunity to simply leave the scene. He confirmed that the evidence indicated that the deceased and his brother both used the hammer which was not found after the incident. The officer said in evidence 'my impression is that the deceased had every opportunity to leave the house and the area but waited for his brother and another to come so he could start a fight. I believe that the brother and his friends brought the hammer with them''.