Drunk killer, 43, who knifed his neighbour, 26, to death is jailed for 23 years 


Pictured: Abdi Ibrahim Osman, 43, has been jailed for life after stabbing neighbour Nahid Ahmed to death in London last year

A killer who knifed his neighbour to death while on licence for previous offences of violence was jailed for at least 23-and-a-half years.

Abdi Ibrahim Osman, 43, stabbed 26-year-old Nahid Ahmed in the chest outside a tower block in Enfield, north London, after kicking the victim’s BMW.

Mr Ahmed was described as a ‘very well-liked and respected, hardworking, law-abiding citizen’.

Describing him as her ‘whole world’ his mother Rushanara Ahmed said Nahid and her had ‘been a team’ for the first 17 years of his life.

She said: ‘I am left without my son. I grieve for him every minute of every day. My life is over but continues on auto-pilot.’ 

Osman, moved into the tower block in January 2020 whilst still on licence for offences of attempted robbery, and Inflicting GBH imposed in 2016. 

On the evening of September 12, he had been seen staggering around drunk and shouting before the killing.

The victim 26-six-year-old Nahid Ahmed had spent the day with his family. He had taken his mother and sister shopping and to visit relatives 

After returning late and carrying the shopping inside he had returned to sit in his car whilst he spoke to his friends on his mobile telephone.

A neighbour saw the defendant Osman, kick Nahid’s BMW so he got out and pushed Osman backwards before he fell to the floor drunk. The victim then got back into his car and closed the door.

Shortly after another neighbour had tried to pick up Osman from the ground, but he was too drunk to stand. Ten minutes later the neighbour heard shouting with the defendant abusing Nahid. 

Nahid was then speaking to his girlfriend on the phone while he was sat in the car. She heard a drunk man and voices in the background.

While she was chatting she suddenly heard his car door opening and then all she could hear was her boyfriend wheezing. She kept calling his name, but he did not answer.

Tragic loss: Nahid Ahmed, who was 26 when he was murdered, (pictured, right, with his family) has been described as very well-liked and respected, hardworking, law-abiding citizen’

Tragic loss: Nahid Ahmed, who was 26 when he was murdered, (pictured, right, with his family) has been described as very well-liked and respected, hardworking, law-abiding citizen’

Mr Ahmed was later found lying on his back next to the open door of his car.

Paramedics arrived, but Mr Ahmed was not breathing and despite CPR, he was pronounced dead in the early hours of September 13 last year.

The post-mortem later revealed cause of death as a single stab wound to the right side of the chest.

CCTV footage recovered by police captured Osman, unsteady on his feet, entering the block and then the lift in Purcell House.

Officers knocked on Osman’s door that night and when he opened it, his hands were covered in blood.

He was arrested and a search of his flat discovered a blood-stained knife found underneath his bed.

Following his arrest Osman was captured on the officer’s body-worn camera saying ‘is he dead?’ and claiming that he had been attacked.

Osman admitted murder and possession of a knife at the Old Bailey. He was jailed for life with a minimum of 23 and half years before he can be considered for parole.

Abdi Ibrahim Osman was jailed for life and must serve a minimum of 23 years after pleading guilty to murder and possession of a knife years at the Old Bailey (pictured) yesterday

Abdi Ibrahim Osman was jailed for life and must serve a minimum of 23 years after pleading guilty to murder and possession of a knife years at the Old Bailey (pictured) yesterday

The victim’s’ mother Rushanara Ahmed said: ‘My son, Nahid, was just 26-years-old when he was stolen from me.

‘For 17 of those years, we had been a team, just him and me. He was, and still is, my whole world.

‘Nahid had a very strong sense of family. He loved spending time with his grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins.

‘Family was always his priority and he never failed to step up, if help was needed within his family, or with his many friends or in the local community.

‘He was an excellent student, understanding from a young age that to get anywhere in life, you need to work hard, and he did just that.

‘Nahid was a good person, very well-liked and respected, hardworking, a law-abiding good citizen, devoted to his family and he was very caring and kind. I could not have been prouder of the child he was, or of the adult he became.

‘I am left without my son. I grieve for him every minute of every day. My life is over but continues on auto-pilot.’

Det Ch Insp Katherine Goodwin, of South West Specialist Crime, led the investigation.

She said: ‘This was a completely mindless and unprovoked attack on a young man, who was simply sitting in his car outside of his home, when the defendant decided to attack him.

‘The defendant’s actions were callous and heartless and this shows how easily using a knife can end someone’s life.

‘The impact on Nahid’s family and friends has been devastating and whilst no sentence will ever be enough to bring Nahid back, I hope that today will help them in some way with their grieving.’ 

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