Man jailed for killing with a single punch during drunken night in Camden Town
Thursday, 22nd October 2015
A MAN who killed somebody with a single punch on a drunken night out has been told he will be jailed for two and a half years.
Mustafa Abdalah, 24, was sentenced at the Old Bailey this afternoon after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Mahad Abdi Abshir in Camden Town in May.
The court heard that Mr Abshir, 28, had been with friends at the The Gallery bar in Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead, before heading to Camden Town. Mr Abshir was in Castlehaven Road at around 5am, where he encountered Abdalah and an argument between the pair began, the court heard.
CCTV cameras captured the groups' movements, but did not record the fatal blow, the court heard.
Witnesses told the court how the pair seemed to be joking and playfighting, before Mr Abdalah appeared to anger and lash out, punching his friend in the jaw .
Mr Abshir fell to ground and witnessed described him making a choking sound and seeing his eyes roll to the back of his head. He was taken to hospital with a ruptured artery in his neck and died two days later.
Mr Abdalah was handed a five-year term and will be released after two and half year, serving the rest of the sentence on licence.
Addressing Mr Abdalah, who stood in the dock wearing a grey sweater and blue shirt, His Honour Judge Mark Lucraft QC said there was an "absence of intention to kill," adding: "This is another example of a tragic death from violence in the street."
In deciding the length of jail term Judge Lucraft said he had considered Mr Abdalah's guilty plea, alongside his previous convictions, which included a seperate charge of battery earlier this year.
The court heard that in the hours after the attack, Mr Abdalah checked into a hotel under a false name, where he stayed for two nights before fleeing to Leicester, where he was eventually arrested by officers from Camden.
The judge also considered attempts made by Mr Abdalah to evade justice, and said: "It is accepted that you told lies about hat you did and where you went after events."