Two men have been jailed in connection with a fight that led to the murder of 29-year-old Patrick Oyeri.
Daniel Qureshi, 19 of Catherine Gardens, Hounslow, was found guilty on Monday, 12 March, of violent disorder and possessing a pointed or bladed article after a trial at Isleworth Crown Court.
Abbas Issa, 18 of Summmerwood Road, Isleworth, had pleaded guilty on the first day of the trial – 26, February 2018 – to violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon.
Both were sentenced at the same court on Thursday, 24 May.
Daniel Qureshi was sentenced to four years imprisonment plus one year for dangerousness for violent disorder and three years imprisonment for possession of an offensive weapon.
Abbas Issa was sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment plus one year for dangerousness for violent disorder and two years and six months years imprisonment for possession of an offensive weapon.
All sentences will run concurrently.
The court heard how on 4 September 2017 witnesses saw a fight between two groups in Rosebery Road, Hounslow.
Witnesses could see that some of those present were armed with knives and were striking at each other with the weapons. Police were called and on arrival they saw a white Volkswagen Golf drive off at speed. The vehicle failed to stop for officers.
The others involved had dispersed, but Patrick Oyeri, who was 29 and from Feltham, was found with a stab wound to his chest.
London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended but were unable to save Patrick, who was pronounced dead at the scene at 16:18hrs.
A post-mortem examination held the following day gave the cause of death as a stab wound.
An investigation began by officers from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC).
Daniel Qureshi was arrested on Tuesday, 19 September and taken to a south London police station. While in custody he was seen by a police doctor who noted a three inch laceration to his right thigh.
Qureshi told the doctor he could not remember how he got the wound. Subsequent enquires found images of Qureshi hobbling into West Middlesex hospital at 3.52pm on the day of the murder. The clothing worn by Qureshi was found to match the images of a man who was carrying a knife at the scene of Patrick’s murder.
Qureshi was charged on 20 September 2017.
Abbas Issa was reported missing by his mother on 7 September 2017; she had last seen him on the day of the murder.
It transpired that Issa had gone to Tanzania two days after the killing but he was arrested at Heathrow Airport on his return on 11 October 2017 and charged the same day.
Issa was linked to the disorder by forensic evidence recovered from the VW Golf that had made off from the scene, and by CCTV and phone evidence.
Detective Inspector Mark Long from the HMCC said: “I am glad that two people who were involved in the events leading up to Patrick’s murder have been brought to justice. This was a terrible event in which a young man lost his life, leaving a family bereft and struggling to understand why this tragedy happened.
“The inquiry into who murdered Patrick continues and we are still appealing for anyone with information to contact the dedicated incident room number on 020 8721 4054, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
“Any information the public gives could provide the vital evidence that could bring Patrick’s killer to justice.”
Patrick Oyeri’s mother, said: “Patrick’s death was a big shock to me and to the all family, we don’t know if we will ever recover from it and we hope the truth will come out.”
In addition to [A] Daniel Qureshi and [E] Abbas Issa, five other people were arrested by officers investigating the murder.
A 34-year-old man was charged with violent disorder but had no evidence offered on 31 January 2018.
Two 23-year-old men and a 25-year-old man were released with no further action taken.
A 19-year-old man [arrested at a residential address in Teddington on 18 December 2017 has been released.