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Teenager from Rayners Lane jailed for murder

A 19-year-old from Rayners Lane who killed a man in Edgware has been jailed.

Christian Kuta-Dankwa, 19, of Rayners Lane, Harrow was found guilty of the murder of Mohamoud Mohamed Mahdi following a trial at the Old Bailey which concluded on Thursday, 17 November.

On Monday, 6 February Kuta-Dankwa was sentenced to life imprisonment at the same court with a minimum term of 13 years imprisonment.

An investigation was launched after Mohamoud, aged 28, was stabbed by Kuta-Dankwa with a knife which Mohamoud brought to the scene.

At around 4pm on Friday, 18 February, Kuta-Dankwa and his friends arrived in Watling Avenue, Edgware.

CCTV shows that shortly afterwards, Mohamoud arrived on the opposite side of the road before walking across and briefly speaking to the defendant.

He then left and ran down nearby streets before returning with a knife – a weapon that would later be used to kill him.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil John, who led the investigation, said: “Kuta-Dankwa will now spend a significant amount of time in jail as a result of his actions that day. He claimed he was acting in self-defence but CCTV clearly showed that Mohamoud was leaving the scene before being chased and fatally stabbed.

“This tragic incident highlights the dangers of carrying knives. We know that those who carry these weapons are more likely to be victim to such violent attacks and that is why tackling violent crime of this kind continues to be the Met’s top priority.”