Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit, a man has been convicted of the manslaughter of Ahmednur Nuur in Milton Keynes.
Today (9/9) Justice Will-Mamah, aged 18, of Coniston Way, Bletchley, was found guilty by majority jury verdict, of one count of manslaughter and one count of possession of a knife blade/pointed article in a public place.
On Friday 11 February this year, Will-Mamah fatally stabbed 16-year-old Ahmednur in Palace Square near the junction with Rainbow Drive in Leadenhall.
After being stabbed by Will-Mamah, Ahmednur collapsed outside the Chaffron Way campus of Milton Keynes College, where students and members of staff provided first aid until emergency services arrived.
Sadly, he did not survive his injuries.
Will-Mamah was arrested the same day and charged on 14 February.
He will be sentenced at a later date.
Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Blaik, of the Major Crime Unit, said: “Today, the jury has concluded that Will-Mamah didn’t intend to cause at least really serious harm to Ahmednur Nuur outside Milton Keynes College after an incident within Palace Square on 11 February.
“Ahmednur sustained a fatal stab wound to his back and died shortly afterwards.
“This is a tragic, senseless and completely needless loss of a bright young boy who had his life ahead of him. It has left his family and friends completely devastated.
“Will-Mamah made the decision to arm himself with a large knife and walk back to the area of Palace Square to confront a group of youths who he said were calling his name and looked intimidating.
“His evidence was he had no intention to use the knife but only produced it to protect himself.
“The jury rejected Will-Mamah was acting in self-defence and convicted him of Ahmednur’s manslaughter.
“They also rejected that he was in lawful possession of the large knife.
“There can be no excuse for carrying a large knife in these circumstances.
“During the course of the investigation, we spoke to many witnesses who provided evidence and I am grateful for their courage and support.
“Others were reluctant but through the persistence of the investigation team, we were able to secure their accounts, some of this was due to personal concerns but also misplaced loyalty.
“In July, Thames Valley Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner launched Operation Deter, a tough new approach to tackling knife crime, focusing initially in Milton Keynes, following incidents such as Ahmednur’s death.
“The force will not tolerate the possession of or the use of weapons and our message is clear, you will be stopped, arrested, charged and prosecuted.
“We are resolute in our determination to make our communities safer by removing knives from our streets.
“I hope that that today’s conviction will in some way help Ahmednur’s family and our thoughts still very much remain with them.”