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.

Latest Stories

Yesterday, 18:25
The scene outside the Tesco the following morning. [Photograph by John Hercock]

A 58-year-old man was “tarred and feathered” while he lay intoxicated on a bench outside Tesco in Roneo Corner, Romford.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:01
This Scorpion sub-machine gun was found with a silencer and live ammunition [Photograph from Metropolitan Police]

A sub-machine gun complete with live ammunition has been taken off the streets of London.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:16
Three people were injured when the black cab crashed outside the Old Bailey  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Three people have been rushed to hospital after a taxi driver crashed into a pedestrian and a cyclist outside the Old Bailey on Tuesday evening.

Read more

Quirky London

Quizzes

Do you fancy yourself as a football ground know-it-all? Try our devilishly difficult quiz!

How well do you know your football stadiums? This brand new quiz from London24 will seperate the men from the boys...

Read more
Do you know your Thames truths from the porkie pies? (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

So, you live (or work) in London, and you think you know the river well.

Read more
Diego Costa of Chelsea exchanges words with Cesc Fabregas (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

Chelsea have made several personnel changes over the course of the summer as they look to mount a squad that can challenge for the title.

Read more