Thugs stabbed church musician in heart when he stopped to chat to two women without their permission

Ali Mohammadian (pictured), 20, from Tottenham admitted violent disorder and was sentenced to 24 months

A church musician was left fighting for his life after he was brutally attacked by a gang for chatting to girls without asking their permission, a court heard.

Frederick Amoah, 44, was stabbed in the heart in front of horrified shoppers in Edmonton Green, north London, on June 15 last year.

He was heading home and began chatting to young women, infuriating the gang, Inner London Crown Court heard.

Knifeman Kaan Albray, 20, and his twin Can Albray, accused Mr Amoah of disrespect while Brandon Adams, 25, and Ali Mohammadian, 20, joined the attack.

Kaan stabbed him through the chest into the right atrium of his heart causing massive bleeding.

The knife was stashed in the handbag of one of the women, who were with the boys outside Geary Court.

James Doors, QC, prosecuting, said: ‘The incident took place in broad daylight in front of shoppers, the persons responsible were strangers and he did nothing to provoke them into attacking him.

‘There were two girls who appear to have known the men, he spoke to them, as he spoke to them was confined by the group including Mr Kaan Albray.

‘Within three minutes he must have annoyed this group in some way, which they decided could only be resolved by a violent attack on him.

‘Kaan with no provocation produced a knife and stabbed him in the chest. Reports suggest that he had spoken to these girls without asking for permission from the group.

Frederick Amoah, 44, was stabbed in the heart in front of horrified shoppers in Edmonton Green, north London, on June 15 last year (general view)

Frederick Amoah, 44, was stabbed in the heart in front of horrified shoppers in Edmonton Green, north London, on June 15 last year (general view)

‘As if he couldn’t approach the girls without asking them and because he hadn’t this was some kind of insult.

‘A taxi dashcam video was played to the court showing Mr Amoah against the wall at the entrance of his block of flats surrounded by a group of six boys. Adams is clearly seen delivering an unprovoked punch to Mr Amoah’s face.

‘Mr Amoah didn’t immediately realise he had been stabbed, he walked away a short distance and he began to become very distressed because he collapsed on the pavement,’ said Mr Doors.

‘Fortunately an ambulance was nearby and arrived promptly, it is likely their fast arrival that saved his life and avoided Mr Alray more serious charges.

‘A member of the public was walking and noticed he was bleeding, she assisted and got him to lie down in the recovery position. He told her he thought it was his last day and was about to die.’

Mr Amoah, who played the guitar at his local church, suffered from cardiovascular instability and required resuscitative transfusion and surgery.

He spent four weeks recovering in hospital, is anxious around groups of strangers and can no longer play football, the court heard.

When interviewed by police, Mohammadian said: ‘The black guy came out of nowhere to speak to the girls, the twins thought it was disrespect.

‘I heard one of the twins ask to pass the knife because the girls were holding the knife, she had been keeping it in her handbag.

‘Once the girl passed the twins the knife the twins stabbed the black man in the chest, after the stab I saw Brandon Adams bang the man in the face.

‘I told them to leave it and out of nowhere they stabbed him. The black guy was acting mental because he was chatting to the girls with the group, the twins are mental and care about nothing.’

Judge Nigel Seed QC told Kaan: ‘The victim in this case almost died from being stabbed in the heart by you.

‘This was a serious unprovoked attack in a busy shopping centre across from the bus station, it involved a stabbing, of which there is far too much in London as you know.

‘You have written to the victim to apologise, I have taken all these things into account.

‘The pre-sentence report describes an entrenched history of violent offending, you were a young man at the time of the offence.

‘I have had time to examine what you have done, the effect on the victim.

‘Having heard what was said and read the assessment I am satisfied that you pose a significant risk of further specified offences and a serious risk to members of the public of serious harm by commission of further offences.

Four days before the attack Adams sped along the M1 motorway for 35 miles at high speeds, then went the wrong way around a roundabout.

He jumped out of the moving vehicle in Loughborough and was captured in nearby woods.

Kaan from Enfield, admitted wounding with intent causing grievous bodily harm with intent and was sentenced to a total of 13 years.

Can, of the same address, admitted violent disorder and was sentenced to 21 months.

Mohammadian from Tottenham admitted violent disorder and was sentenced to 24 months.

Adams from Enfield admitted violent disorder and aggravated driving. He was sentenced to 32 months and handed a 12 month driving disqualification.