THE brother of a man murdered in a vicious, drunken assault has spoken of his enduring heartache more than a year after the killing.
Abdinasir Osman’s elder brother, Abdullahi (pictured), of Uxbridge, died of injuries suffered in an attack in August 2011.
Two men – Sade Samanter, 21, and 34-year-old Ibrahim Dualeh, both of no fixed address – were sentenced to life in jail at the Old Bailey yesterday for the murder.
Dualeh pleaded guilty and was given a minimum tariff of 13 years. Samanter denied the offence and was convicted after a trial which ended last week. He must serve at least 11½ years.
Speaking exclusively to the Gazette, Abdinasir – whose brother was living with him in Uxbridge at the time of the incident – said that he was relieved to see the people responsible for his brother’s death punished after a ‘painful waiting game’.
“It has been a long year, especially after the start of the trial was pushed back from April,” he added.
“I only missed one day of Samanter’s trial, and when the jury came back with the guilty verdict, I felt like jumping and cheering. It was an emotional week.
“They won’t be able to do this to someone else for a long time.”
Abdullahi Osman, 31, suffered devastating head injuries in the attack in West Ealing, and died two days later after his family consented to his life support being switched off.
The incident was captured on CCTV, and the recording was the crucial evidence in the case.
Following Dualeh’s guilty plea, Abdullahi’s family – some of whom attended the trial – were asked whether they still wanted to see Samanter tried for murder.
“When it first happened, I refused to watch the CCTV,” said Abdinasir.
“I knew it would be played in court so I asked to see it just before the trial started. It hit me really hard, and everything just came flooding back.
“It was a horrific death. I felt that anyone could see that it was a joint attack, and if I saw it that way, then the jury will probably see it the same way.
“They were there to commit crime, and it was only a few minutes from the time they saw my brother to the attack.”
Speaking fondly about Abdullahi, Mr Osman said he was more like a twin brother. “He’s with me all the time,” he added. “I still remember him leaving the house for the last time, and him saying he would be back in a few hours.”