Baby-faced killer who fled Britain over road rage attack that saw father stabbed to death just days after the birth of his second child is jailed for more than four years
- Warsame Mohamed, 23, jailed for four-and-a-half year for manslaughter
- He brutally assaulted father-to-two Zakir Nawaz, 21, minutes before he was stabbed to death during confrontation in Birmingham
- Mohamed fled to Holland before attempting to return in January with a fake name
- Police arrested him on M40 in High Wycombe – He later admitted to a manslaughter charge after his DNA was found at the crime scene
Published: 11:59 EDT, 14 July 2019 | Updated: 12:21 EDT, 14 July 2019
Warsame Mohamed, 23, had been wanted by police after attacking 21-year-old Zakir Nawaz over a ‘minor road prang’ in Birmingham which ended in him being stabbed to death
A baby-faced killer involved in the fatal knifing of a father-to-two has been jailed after sneaking back into the UK from his Holland bolthole.
Warsame Mohamed, 23, had been wanted by police after attacking 21-year-old Zakir Nawaz over a ‘minor road prang’ in Birmingham which ended in him being stabbed to death.
Killer Mohamed later fled the country but was arrested after returning as an illegal immigrant and has now been jailed for four and a half years after admitting manslaughter in the case.
In September 2016, killer Mohamed, along with suspected murderer Abdulahi Shire, 22, collided with a Fiat hire car rented by a friend of Mr Nawaz, but did not stop.
Mr Nawaz went looking for the pair before eventually confronting them in the Washwood Heath area of Birmingham.
But the matter then escalated with Mohamed repeatedly kicking, punching and stamping on Mr Nawaz.
Moments later the victim was stabbed in the chest by another man, and the pair then fled from the scene and is believed to have sought refuge in Holland.
CCTV images captured Mohamed and suspected murderer Shire confronting Mr Nawaz in Highfield Road, Washwood Heath, Birmingham minutes before he is stabbed to death
Mr Nawaz was pronounced dead at the scene minutes later while Mohamed and Shire drove off.
CCTV images captured them confronting Mr Nawaz in Highfield Road, Washwood Heath, Birmingham, moments for the fatal attack.
After two year on the run, Mohamed sneaked back into the UK and was arrested after police spotted him walking on the M40 in High Wycombe on January 29.
Mohamed tried giving false details but checks revealed he was wanted over killing and was arrested.
The Nissan Almera that was driven by Mohamed and another man at the time of the initial prang had been found the day after the killing abandoned on Mendip Road near to the scene.
After father-to-two Zakir Nawaz (left) was repeatedly beaten and thrown to the floor by Mohamed it is alleged he was stabbed to death by Abdulahi Shire. Police continue to search for Shire so that he can stand trial for murder
It had been stripped of its number plates and there had been a failed attempt to set fire to the car.
Forensics experts found Mohamed’s DNA on a pair of blood-stained jeans in the boot and a cigarette butt in the car’s ashtray, while his fingerprint was also recovered from a petrol canister in the boot.
A painstaking CCTV trawl showed the car’s movements before and after the attack, while facial mapping experts determined a strong likeness to Mohamed and the man caught on CCTV punching and kicking the victim.
Mohamed was due to stand trial for murder – with detectives arguing he played a ‘joint enterprise’ role despite not delivering the fatal stab wound – but he admitted a lesser charge of manslaughter.
He was jailed for four-and-half years at Birmingham Crown Court on Wednesday.
Detective Sergeant Neil Aston, said Mohamed played a lead role in the brutal assault.
‘He goes into the melee, throws lots of punches and can be seen on CCTV running off with the man we believed stabbed Mr Nawaz,’ he added.
‘Our argument was that he knew a member of his group was armed with a knife and was complicit in the killing.
‘My detectives worked really hard to secure this conviction, scrutinising lots of CCTV to piece together a picture of what happened and called upon forensic and facial mapping experts to link Mohamed to the offence.
Meanwhile an international arrest warrant has been issued for Abdulahi Shire who is suspected of fatally stabbing Mr Nawaz.
‘Mohamed is the second man we’ve convicted over Mr Nawaz’s death.
‘We are working with Europol in a bid to trace Abdulahi Shire and bring him back to the UK to stand trial for murder.’