Unsolved Murders

Omer Jama Abdi

Age: 35

Sex: male

Date: 14 Feb 2012

Place: St Johns Road, Wembley

Omer Jama Abdi died after being attacked in the street.

A man was tried for his murder and manslaughter but acquitted.

Omer Abdi had been seen having an argument with two men of Somali appearance in St John’s Road at about 2.20am on the morning of 14 February 2012.

When the police arrived, Omer Abdi was found on the pavement and was taken to Northwick Park Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

It was heard that Omer Abdi had died from a coronary heart disease that had a causational link to the assault.

A man was arrested soon after the assault but released without charge.

However, at the time the police stated that they were looking for another man and about a year later on 20 February 2013 the man that was tried was arrested.

The man was tried at the Old Baily on 6 October 2014 but acquitted of murder and manslaughter on 24 October 2014. However, the man was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and he was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.

It was heard that the man tried had been having an argument with a woman in St John's Road and that Omer Abdi had intervened. It was said that Omer Abdi had said to the man, 'just leave her alone, she's a lady and you're a man' and that the man had then punched Omer Abdi, knocking him over. It was said that the man had then gone off and come back and then followed the assault up by kicking and stamping on Omer Abdi's head and body.

At the trial, the man said that he had acted in self-defence after Omer Abdi had hit him twice. He said that he had then kicked Omer Abdi because he had thought that Omer Abdi had been feigning his injury.

The judge said, 'I am satisfied he bought the situation on himself by his wholly unnecessary involvement in the argument. He was not satisfied with inflicting only one blow, and a moment later he turned to where Mr Abdi lay unconscious and defenceless on the footpath. He carried out the vicious and sustained attack upon him, kicking and stamping on him with force to his head and upper body. I am satisfied he knew or believed Mr Abdi was unconscious and knew he posed no further threat to him. This was a savage attack on a defenceless man lying on the ground. I am satisfied this defendant is extremely dangerous, particularly when he loses his temper'.

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