Verdict over murder of young man in Highfields knife attack

A jury has convicted an 18-year-old knife attacker of murdering his neighbour in a city street.

Ishaq Hassanjee denied the offence, claiming he was acting in self-defence during a late night altercation with Hassan Jama, near both of their homes in Bartholomew Street, Highfields, Leicester, on Saturday July 18 last year.

A jury of six men and six women spent more than 15 hours deliberating over several days, before finding Hassanee guilty of murder on a majority 10-2 verdict.

Judge Timothy Spencer QC is due to pass sentence at Leicester Crown Court later today.

Mr Jama died near the scene from a single knife wound to his chest.

Police at scene of stabbing in Bartholomew Street/Cedar Road, Highfields. A man, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene.
(Image: Leicester Media Online)

The prosecutor, Michael Duck QC earlier told the jury there was a confrontation between the deceased on the one side and the defendant and his brother, on the other, at about 2am.

The prosecutor claimed the brothers were “in threatening postures” towards Mr Jama although only Ishaq Hasanjee was involved in the stabbing.

He told the jury: “There was a lot of shouting backwards and forwards with the brothers threatening Hassan Jama and him reacting.”

A witness told the court he saw the incident and did not see Mr Jama armed with a knife – as the defendant claimed he was.

The witness described the defendant making a movement towards the victim’s chest.

Mr Jama then lifted his shirt up and the witness could see “blood coming out.”

The witness said: “Everything happened extremely fast.”

Mr Jama ran into a nearby street, pursued by the defendant, but collapsed within moments.

Hasanjee gave no reaction as the guilty verdict was announced.

Leicestershire Live – Leicester News