Cricklewood teenager loses sentence appeal against Dollis Hill killing
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A Cricklewood teenager who was jailed for killing a roofer from Dollis Hill and then seriously assaulting his father outside a pub has lost an appeal against his sentence.
Abdi Hassan, 19, of Warren Road, was found guilty of the manslaughter of Luke Fitzpatrick, 25, near the Ox and Gate pub, in Coles Green Road, Dollis Hill, in June last year.
He was also convicted at the Old Bailey at the same time of wounding 55-year-old Bernard Fitzpatrick with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Today, despite top judges downgrading his intentional GBH conviction to simple wounding, he failed in a bid to have his 11-year sentence reduced.
Lady Justice Rafferty told the court that the killing and assault arose after a gang carrying weapons had stormed the pub, but had been chased away by patrons throwing stools.
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Luke Fitzgerald, who had been watching the Champions League final with his dad, gave chase and was stabbed fatally.
As he lay dying on the ground, his father went to his help, but was himself attacked, stabbed in the abdomen and slashed on the backs of his legs.
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Luke died in his father’s arms while the gang ran off on May 19, 2012.
Christopher Walters and Leon Burton were convicted of wounding with intent and murder and were jailed for life.
But Hassan was convicted only of manslaughter and the GBH offence.
His lawyers today succeeded in arguing that the GBH conviction was wrong and had it reduced to the less serious unlawful wounding.
But Lady Justice Rafferty, sitting today with Mr Justice Kenneth Parker and Mrs Justice McGowan, disagreed with the claim that the lesser offence meant he should have his sentence cut.
The 11-year term was upheld.