The unnamed schoolboy killer was sentenced to 15 years in jail for stabbing Ayoub Hassan (pictured) in the heart
A 16-year-old public schoolboy who missed classes to earn up to £50,000 a year dealing drugs has been jailed for 15 years for murdering a college student.
The killer, who cannot be named, was caught on CCTV plunging a lock-knife into 17-year-old Ayoub Hassan’s heart behind Waitrose near West Kensington tube station.
The killer rode off on a Boris Bike as members of the public, including nurse India Noakes rushed to Mr Hassan’s aid.
Mr Hassan, who had recently enrolled at West London College, was rushed to St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, but a team of eight surgeons could not save him.
He was pronounced dead at 4pm on 7 March this year.
The killer boasted from the witness box that he found drug dealing ‘enjoyable’ and could earn up to £50,000 a year drug dealing on top of the £20 pocket money he was given by his father.
He claimed Mr Hassan had stabbed him four months earlier for ‘shorting him £50’ on a deal and pressured him into ‘county lines’ drug dealing for him.
The teenager claimed he armed himself with one of the victim’s own blades, which he picked up from under a bush nearby on his way into the alley, because he was scared of being knifed again.
But prosecutor Anthony Orchard QC said the teenager was ‘angry and wanted revenge’.
An Old Bailey jury convicted him of murder after deliberating for five hours following a three-week trial.
The killer, having stabbed Mr Hassan, rode off from West Kensington on a Boris Bike as members of the public, including nurse India Noakes rushed to Mr Hassan’s aid
‘The CCTV footage from the alleyway show that you had the knife in your hand when you entered the alleyway also Ayoub did not have a knife or any weapon in his hand,’ Judge Anuja Dhir QC said
Jailing him for a minimum of 15 years, Judge Anuja Dhir QC, said: ‘The blade of your knife penetrated his heart.
‘I have no doubt from the way in which you and your companions arrived, and your actions in the alleyway, that you had deliberately armed yourself with a knife ready to use if and when you decided to do so.
‘The CCTV footage from the alleyway show that you had the knife in your hand when you entered the alleyway also Ayoub did not have a knife or any weapon in his hand.
‘You fled on a Boris Bike while it was the members of the public who called the emergency services.
‘In reality Ayoub Hassan did not stand a chance of survival. The post-mortem report reveals that the cause of death was a stab wound to the heart. He was 17-year-old at the time of his death.
‘Your lack of remorse was demonstrated by your acts after the fatal stabbing. You left quickly, you got rid of the knife, and you arranged to stay with your sister.’
‘The CCTV footage from the alleyway show that you had the knife in your hand when you entered the alleyway also Ayoub did not have a knife or any weapon in his hand,’ the judge added
Relatives of Mr Hassan, who watched most of the trial from the well of the court, sobbed as the sentence was announced.
In a victim impact statement Mr Hassan’s 11-year-old sister said: ‘Hello, I am Ayoub’s little sister, your victim. Not only was he my brother but he was my best friend.
‘I sleep in his room now, but do I look like I get sleep, I don’t I spend all night crying and talking to myself because of Ayoub’s death I can barely breathe at night.
‘When I walk through the streets, I look all over me. Ayoub was there for me 24/7. The day you stabbed him I hugged him, we said: “I love you”.
‘I did not think it would be the last time. I only have one question: ‘What reason did you have to stab and kill a sweet innocent young 17-year-old boy. It is not fair.
‘I am begging you to admit it and tell us why you did it.’
Mr Orchard had told jurors: ‘It may be difficult being a young man in London these days, particularly if you choose to involve yourself in the murky world of drug dealing.
An aerial view of the area in West Kensington yesterday where Mr Hassan was stabbed shortly after 2pm before dying in hospital
‘The rewards may be lucrative, but there are clear, identifiable risks.
‘Violence and the need to protect yourself are two adjuncts of the drugs business, and weapons – knives in particular – are no doubt common.
‘The 15-year-old had chosen to involve himself in drug dealing. When he first did so it may be that he did not realise the risks.
‘But they would have become quickly apparent.
‘He “enjoyed” what he did, no doubt because £150 per day was a small fortune to a 15-year-old?’
The teenager was convicted of assault in January this year and a three-foot-long samurai sword was found in his bedroom the following month.
At the time of the stabbing he was also the subject of a Community Behaviour Order imposed last October.
The teenager, a pupil at a leading private school, had previous convictions for common assault, supplying class A drugs and possession of cannabis.
Jurors heard Mr Hassan could be seen on CCTV being joined by a number of other youths in the small covered alleyway. ‘The defendant appears to become agitated and squared up to Ayoub Hassan,’ prosecutor Anthony Orchard said
He was also on bail for robbery and attempted robbery at the time of his arrest.
‘You may think [the defendant] became street-wise – happy to dish out or receive street justice,’ Mr Orchard told jurors.
‘On 6 March Ayoub Hassan and [the teenager] socialised together and with friends. The next day [the boy] was clearly angry with Ayoub.
‘He got a knife, went to confront Ayoub and stabbed Ayoub.
‘He wanted to exact revenge on Ayoub.’
Jurors heard how the attacker, now 16, delivered the fatal blow in the alleyway behind Waitrose on North End Road.
‘None of the youths with the deceased or the defendant have helped the police or told them why Ayoub Hassan was stabbed,’ Mr Orchard said.
Jurors heard Mr Hassan could be seen on CCTV being joined by a number of other youths in the small covered alleyway.
‘The defendant appears to become agitated and squared up to Ayoub Hassan,’ Mr Orchard said.
‘The other males in the alley were standing nearby. None of them act aggressively. Suddenly the defendant punched out with the knife, once, striking into Ayoub Hassan’s chest’
‘Ayoub Hassan is not seen to act aggressively.
‘The other males in the alley were standing nearby. None of them act aggressively. Suddenly the defendant punched out with the knife, once, striking into Ayoub Hassan’s chest.
‘The blade of the knife is seen. One of the other youths standing in the alleyway responded immediately by trying to push the defendant away.
‘Ayoub Hassan moved away, holding his chest. The group, including the defendant followed him down the alleyway towards Lanfrey Place.
‘Ayoub Hassan collapsed. He was helped to his feet, stumbled a short distance and then collapsed again.
‘The defendant left the alleyway and is captured on CCTV mounting a ‘Boris Bike’ and cycling away.’
Ms Noakes, the nurse, saw the barely conscious teenager had been stabbed in the chest and noticed a lot of blood on his T-shirt.
When she shouted for someone to call the police, one of the youths holding Mr Hassan up said: ‘No police’.
The 16-year-old, from southwest London, denied but was convicted of murder detained for minimum of 15 years.
He admitted having a bladed article, namely a knife and there was no separate penalty.