A teenager has been jailed for the murder of 20-year-old Mohamed Aadam Mohamed in Camden in 2017.
Erick Ekam, 19, (04.12.99), of Falkland Road, NW5, was found guilty on Wednesday, 19 December, at the Old Bailey of the fatal stabbing of Mohamed Aadam Mohamed in Hampstead Road, Camden.
He was sentenced at the same court on Friday, 21 December to life imprisonment and must serve a minimum of 17 years before he can be considered for release.
The court heard how at around 11:45hrs on 4 September 2017, Ekam approached Mohamed on Hampstead Road before a short confrontation ensued and Ekam stabbed him in the lower back.
In an attempt to get away from Ekam, Mohamed ran across Hampstead Road before collapsing in the street.
At this point a plain-clothes officer, who witnessed the incident, identified himself as a police officer and chased after Ekam along Hampstead Road.
Ekam discarded the knife used in the attack before being detained and arrested in Harrington Street, Camden. The knife was later found on a nearby railway track.
Despite the efforts of police officers and ambulance staff, Mohamed was pronounced dead at the scene. A subsequent post-mortem examination gave cause of death as multiple incised wounds.
Ekam was charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon on 5 September 2017.
Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "Ekam is a wicked, dangerous young man who went out with a knife, intent on inflicting harm.
"His mindless actions have robbed a family of a much loved son. They are a remarkable family who have lost two sons to knife crime in six months and a cousin five years ago. They have been so supportive and dignified.
"This is another senseless killing that has devastated Mohamed's wonderful family. Mohamed never stood a chance.
"The murder was witnessed by a police officer and a member of the public, and both have been very troubled by what they witnessed that day. Their support through the investigation was pivotal to the success of the case.
"The officer without any thought for his own safety pursued Ekam who was still armed. Following a considerable foot chase, the officer was assisted by a cyclist in detaining Ekam. The witness to the murder fought to save Mohamed's life.
"Some knife carriers rely on a street culture of 'no snitching' trying to dissuade witnesses from speaking out. Here we have amazing members of the public whose commendable actions have been critical to obtaining this conviction. For witnesses in other investigations who are wavering on whether to speak to the police, just look at the difference you could make to a family and our community. It is truly life changing. Do not listen to the rhetoric of the gangs."
Mohamed's mother, Fowsioa Abdi, released the following statement:
"There are really no words in existence that accurately describe or quantify the pain and grief that the murder of our son has left us to bear.
"Mohamed was ripped from the hearts of four other siblings that day: a father, mother, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandmas and friends. All of whom he shared a unique individual relationship with.
"He was a young man with great ambitions and life goals. He had invincible confidence and would often say "just wait till I'm older, and see what I achieve."
"Losing a loved one is painful enough; but to hear and see the way in which he was so swiftly taken away from us makes the pain indescribable.
"We honestly have no idea where we will begin to recover from this tragedy.
"Our only hope at this point is that the individual responsible for his death has been brought to justice.
"Although it will never remedy or console the immense hole that now resides in all our hearts, it will at least honour his memory with knowing that those responsible did not escape the consequences.
"We would like to thank the investigation team, family liaison service and the prosecution team for all their hard work and efforts.
"We especially want to thank the members of the public whom helped Mohamed during his last moments and the brave individuals who came forward to give evidence."