Search

Cowardly killer from Canonbury jailed for life

PUBLISHED: 13:15 12 July 2012

Kai Shannon

Kai Shannon

Archant

A gang member has been sentenced to life imprisonment for knifing a teenager to death in a stairwell.

Kai Shannon, 20, of Elmore Street, Canonbury, was sentenced to a minimum term of 18 years behind bars after being found guilty of murdering 18-year-old Wahab Zaaki in Walthamstow.

He appeared alongside Abubaker Alwai, 20, of Essex Road South, Leytonstone, who was convicted of manslaughter. Both defendants were also found guilty of GBH after knifing one of Mr Zaaki’s friends as he tried to prevent the attack.

During the trial it was revealed that Shannon and Alawi were known to the victim as well as a group called the “DM Crew”.

Acting Det Ch Insp Steve Meechan, who led the investigation from the Met’s Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: “This was a callous, cowardly and premeditated attack upon the young victim, by those he trusted as his friends. The motive for the attack remains unclear, the suggestion being a disagreement over an insignificant sum of money.

“It has taken three years to bring those responsible to justice. These defendants instilled within their peers a reluctance to assist police.”

Mr Zaaki’s father Amin Zaaki said outside the Old Bailey that the family was “very happy” with the sentences given but spoke of his anger that his son’s killers had refused to tell the family the truth about the reasons behind the attack in March 2009. He added: “We cannot describe the pain we are feeling.”

Shannon will serve a minimum of 18 years for murder and a further eight years for GBH, to run concurrently.

Alawi was sentenced to nine years in a young offenders institute for manslaughter and a further three years for GBH, to run concurrently.

Latest Islington News Stories

Yesterday, 16:29

Campaigners hoping to stop the demolition of Victorian homes in their Finsbury Park street have come out fighting after plans were officially submitted by developers.

Yesterday, 11:17

Police are searching for a man who has gone missing from Islington.

Yesterday, 10:32

When three mums set up the Essex Road Pre-School in an old launderette next to the Marquess Estate in 1977, they didn’t expect it to be going strong 40 years later.

Thu, 18:55

A headteacher leaving Montem Primary School after a decade at the helm believes staff and students are set for an exciting new chapter.

Thu, 18:22

A serial-fraudster will spend four years behind bars following a scam in which he posed as a jet-setting businessman dealing in fine wine and champagne.

Thu, 16:05

A Finsbury Park pensioner has been waiting 18 months for repairs to his house after gas workers left the job half done.

Thu, 14:34

After 32 years and 5,000 tenants, the old YMCA hostel in Errol Street has been demolished. Not many at the charity will miss it.

Thu, 11:15

Ninety knives – including machetes and meat cleavers – have been given up to police in the space of six weeks.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now