Bristol

Kemar Campbell jailed for killing Abdirisak Mohamoud

Kemar Campbell
Image caption Kemar Campbell's manslaughter plea was accepted by the Crown

A man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for killing a Bristol teenager in a street stabbing.

Kemar Campbell, 21, admitted at Bristol Crown Court to the manslaughter of 18-year-old Abdirisak Mohamoud.

Mr Mohamoud was stabbed in Villiers Road in Easton on 8 July last year, and later died in hospital.

Campbell, of Easton, had been on trial for murder and denied the charge, but pleaded guilty on Friday to manslaughter, which the crown accepted.

The court heard Campbell fled to France by ferry after the stabbing, before being arrested in Spain in January this year.

Campbell, who had no previous convictions, and Mr Mohamoud had a confrontation outside the Euro Discount Shop on Stapleton Road and Mr Mohamoud armed himself with a small baseball bat, the court heard.

'Devastating effect'

The court was told Campbell left, armed himself with a knife, returned to Villiers Road and told Mr Mohamoud to put down the bat but he refused.

Campbell drew the knife and there was a struggle and the blade penetrated Mr Mohamoud's chest, the court heard.

Mr Mohamoud died at the Bristol Royal Infirmary.

Speaking outside the court Mr Mohamoud's mother Zahra Ahmed said the family had been expecting a life sentence for Campbell.

Image caption Mr Mohamoud's mother Zahra Ahmed said the family had been expecting a life sentence

She said: "I lost my 18-year-old son Abdi. He was a very good person. I'm really upset what happened to my son.

"I'm not happy with it [the sentence] but I accept my son is never going to come back."

Det Ch Insp Phil Jones, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: "The killing of Abdi Mohamoud has had a devastating effect on his family and friends and the community of Easton.

"I would like to thank his family for the strength they have shown over the last 16 months and the local community for the help and support in bringing Abdi's killer to justice.

"This case illustrates the tragic consequences of young people carrying knives. We aim to continue tackling this though education, diversion and enforcement.

"This culture needs to change and we need communities to use their influence to bring this about as we simply cannot let this tragic case happen again."

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