Man jailed for “partial decapitation” killing of former friend

16:24 23 April 2013

A petty criminal was sentenced at the Old Bailey today to at least 26 years in prison for killing someone who used to be his friend.

Ayanle Adan, 26, almost decapitated Hanad Osman, 24, in south London with two knives he bought from a Sainsbury’s store.

He came up to Mr Osman who was sitting and looking at his mobile phone in the courtyard of a cafe in Streatham, in August, last year.

He then used a “double slashing motion” with a knife in each hand to cause “partial decapitation” of Mr Osman’s head.

Judge Barker jailed Adan for life. He said: “This killing shows a complete disregard for human life.

“The real background of this killing may never emerge.”

Adan, of no fixed address, had 18 previous convictions for 26 offences ranging from assault to vehicle taking.

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