Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tougher Penalties on Knives 'Might Have Saved Father'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tougher Penalties on Knives 'Might Have Saved Father'

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Byline: Daniel O'Mahony

THE family of a man stabbed to death as he waited for his daughter to buy sweets today demanded tougher punishments for those who carry knives. Mohamed Al-Zufairi, 34, was knifed in the chest in front of shoppers on Wealdstone high street, half a mile from his home. He later died in hospital.

Killer Abraham Omotoso, 27, had a conviction for carrying a knife. He was found guilty of manslaughter at the Old Bailey after claiming he had acted in self-defence. The court heard there was "bad blood" between his brother and other members of the Al-Zufairi family.

Today Mr Al-Zufairi's brother Ali said: "You shouldn't carry a knife in the first place, there should be something tougher done." He said if penalties were more severe, particularly for repeat offenders, Omotoso, of Harrow, might not have considered carrying a knife again. The sentence for an adult carrying a knife is four years in prison and an unlimited fine. The Sentencing Council has said it wants stricter punishments. …

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