Golders Green attacker faces jail

By Marcus Dysch, October 28, 2008

An unemployed man faces jail after he was convicted of stabbing a Hatzola volunteer.

Mohamed Jama Ahmed, 37, of North Circular Road, London, was found guilty of two charges of GBH with intent and one of stealing a car at Wood Green Crown Court on October 16.

Charedi emergency service volunteer Zvi Hammond, 43, was off duty and sitting in his car at the time of the attack in Golders Green on April 25.

He was stabbed twice and suffered life-threatening injuries including a collapsed lung, but recovered and was in court to see Ahmed convicted.

A second Jewish man was also attacked by Ahmed on the same evening. He was stabbed in the abdomen and also made a full recovery.

The incidents were not treated as race hate crimes.

Detective Sergeant Amanda Collier, of Barnet Police, said: "I hope this brings some justice and closure to the families involved in what can only be described as a heinous attack on innocent members of the public. The streets of Golders Green are safer now that this man is no longer free."

Ahmed was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on November 27.


Last updated: 9:52am, October 28 2008