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man who attempted to flee the country after killing a stranger who tried to act as “peacemaker” on a night out in London, has been convicted of murder.
The father-of-two collapsed outside the Rolling Stock club in Kingsland Road after the attack shortly before 6.30am on Saturday, November 24, 2018. He died two hours after he was admitted to hospital.
Tyla Gopaul, 22, from Islington, was convicted of Mr Sharif-Ali’s murder at the Old Bailey on Friday.
Mr Sharif-Ali, who set up an online takeaway business with a friend and had returned to university, was at the Rolling Stock in Shoreditch with two men he had befriended after going out the previous evening.
CCTV from inside the bar shows Gopaul and a friend hanging around the bar area at the same time as Mr Sharif-Ali and the two men he befriended. At about 5.15am Gopaul and Mr Sharif-Ali are seen talking with each other. They appear to end a conversation with a handshake.
At around 6am one of the men with Mr Sharif-Ali got into a verbal disagreement with Gopaul’s friend. Witnesses said they heard the man shout to Gopaul’s friend: “Come down here, let’s sort this out.”
Mr Sharif-Ali tried to come between the two men but witnesses said Gopaul came running toward the group shouting “what, what, what” as he pulled out a knife. The Metropolitan Police said Gopaul was seen “flaying the knife around” and “lunging” toward the group a number of times.
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