A “dangerous” North Finchley man convicted of murder has been jailed for life.
Abraheem Sikander, 24, of Dale Grove, was sentenced to a minimum term of 21 years at the Old Bailey today (January 13).
He stabbed 29-year-old Mohammad Raza Gulzar, in High Road, Whetstone during a fight on June 17, 2021.
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Police were called at 10.24pm and found Mohammad with knife wounds.
He was taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service but died two days later.
A murder investigation led by Det Ch Insp Laurence Smith was launched and Sikander was arrested five weeks later.
Police said the investigation was “complex” and involved the “extensive use of CCTV, number-plate recognition systems, mobile phone analysis and a range of forensic examinations” to identify Sikander as the assailant.
Mohammad Raza Gulzar was the victim of the stabbing in Whetstone (Image: Metropolitan Police)
Det Ch Insp Smith said: “Sikander is a dangerous man who is now behind bars for a considerable amount of time because of his violent actions.
“This was an extremely complex investigation which demanded the wide-ranging skills and total commitment of dedicated detectives alongside a good deal of co-operation from partner organisations and local people in Whetstone.
“Our investigation was fast-paced, requiring hundreds of lines of inquiry to be followed, in particular during an intensive five-week period following the murder.”
He added: “My message to men of violence is clear – if you kill or seriously injure someone on the streets of London or assist those involved in such crimes, Met officers have the tenacity and the technological tools to track you down and bring you to justice.”
Sikander was found guilty of murder and possession of a bladed article at the Old Bailey on November 7, 2022.
Two people were found not guilty of assisting an offender during the same trial.