Tottenham man given life sentence for Middlesex University murder in Hendon

Kevin Mao has been jailed for life at the Old Bailey

Kevin Mao has been jailed for life at the Old Bailey - Credit: Archant

A Tottenham man has been jailed for life today for the murder of a 22-year-old at a Halloween party held in a university campus in Hendon.

Kevin Mao, 20, stabbed to death Noor Hassan Barre at the event hosted at Middlesex University by the institute’s African Caribbean Society.

The Old Bailey head the pair become embroiled in an argument outside the party after Mao made a flirtatious comment towards Mr Noor’s female friend.

The row culminated with Mao taking a knife from his waistband and plunging it in to his victim’s chest.

Mr Noor managed to run a few yards before collapsing.

Paramedics carried out emergency surgery at the scene but he died on at St Mary’s Hospital.

Mao was convicted yesterday and sentenced to a minimum tariff of 26 years.

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Detective Chief Inspector Simon Ashwin, investigating officer, said: “This is another tragic waste of life resulting from a young man carrying a knife. Noor Barre’s murder will have long lasting consequences for all the families involved.

“I would like to express my thanks to everyone at Middlesex University for all their assistance with our investigation.”