Milad Golmakani murder: Four jailed for Kilburn attack

Milad Golmakani
Image caption Milad Golmakani was killed after being stabbed in the neck and chest in Kilburn in April 2011

Four gang members have been given life sentences for killing a rival.

Milad Golmakani, 22, of Swiss Cottage, London, was stabbed while playing football on a sports pitch last year. His friend, 17, survived the attack.

The men, all from London, were convicted of murder and attempted murder after a trial at the Old Bailey.

In sentencing them, Judge Charles Wide said: "Knife crime of this sort, the murder with knives, is the most grievous, grievous of crimes."

The court heard that Mr Golmakani had 14 knife wounds to the neck, back and a punctured lung after being attacked in Kilburn, north London, last April.

His 17-year-old friend was also stabbed but managed to escape, the judge was told.

'Deep pain'

Mr Golmakani's sister said: "Words cannot describe how much our lives have changed since my dear brother Millad was murdered.

"We would do anything to have Millad back. No mother should have to bury her 22-year-old son.

"No brother or sister should feel the deep pain and loss we have felt and continue to feel."

Sean Hutton, 19, of Belsize Park, Sean Ferdinand, 19, of Chalk Farm, and Mohammed Hashi, 19, of Enfield, were ordered to serve minimum sentences of 22 years.

They were also given concurrent 17-year sentences for attempted murder.

Lij McSween, 17, of St John's Wood, was convicted of the same charges and given a minimum term of 19 years, with a concurrent sentence of 14 years.

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