Revenge killers jailed for at least 38 years for ‘horrific’ double murder

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  • January 23, 2024
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Published Jan 23, 2024, 1:18pm|Updated Jan 24, 2024, 8:28am

Four men who murdered two rappers in a ‘horrific’ gangland revenge hit have each been jailed for at least 38 years.

The gang stormed into a house in Ilford, east London, armed with four guns and knives and killed Saydi Abu Sheikh, 23, and Zakariya Jeilani Mohamed, 31, just after midnight on October 25, 2022.

Neighbours thought fireworks were going off as they fired 45 shots during the three-minute raid.

Mr Sheikh was ‘butchered’, having been stabbed 28 times and shot four times, while Mr Mohamed was knifed five times and hit with seven bullets.

One of the gang was heard telling the rest as they set upon Mr Sheikh: ‘He’s not dead yet – finish him, stab him, kill him.’

Another man was shot six times including through the head but survived, one escaped with a wound to the shoulder, and a fifth man hid between the bed and the wall.

Zain Mirza, 21, ordered the murders in revenge after his brother had been stabbed to death three years earlier.

He recruited Chibiuke Ohanweh, 21, Ayaani Ali Adan, 20, and Mahad Gouled, 22, to carry out the shooting.

They all denied but were convicted of two counts of murder, two of attempted murder and perverting the course of justice.

They were each jailed for life with a minimum term of 38 years.

Zakarie Mohamed, 19, was sentenced to four years in a young offenders’ institution for perverting the course of justice.

The Recorder of London, Judge Mark Lucraft, KC, said it was an ‘orchestrated and planned attack’.

He said: ‘From the evidence I’m entirely satisfied the events were the the cumulation of a carefully planned reprisal attack for the killing of Mohammed Usman Mirza.’

Mirza’s brother Mohammed Usman Mirza, 19, was ambushed and violently stabbed to death in a ‘carefully planned’ attack in November 2019 – itself in revenge for a different stabbing.

The judge went on: ‘Not satisfied with with the police investigation, convictions and sentence of those responsible, you Mirza embarked on planning a revenge attack on members of a rival gang.

‘Other members of the gang your brother had been a member of joined in to make sure it was effective.

‘This is very sadly yet another example of gang rivalry and violence played out on the streets of London.’

In a victim impact statement Mr Mohamed’s family said the murder had cast ‘a long dark shadow’ and they were struggling to ‘make sense of the incomprehensible’.

Mr Sheikh’s family said: ‘The pain and hurt that runs through our bodies is immeasurable. He was our family’s protector and backbone.’

They described him as a ‘considerate friend’, ‘caring brother’ and an uncle to nieces and nephews.

In a letter to the court Imran Mirza, father of Mohammed and Zain Mirza, told the families he had empathy for their loss of a child as he felt he was losing his second son today.

He said: ‘No parents should have to bury their child. I speak from experience when I say it is the hardest thing for anyone to do.

‘I have some understanding of what they must be going through having been through it myself and I hope and pray they find a way to move forward.’

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