Murderer jailed for life after ‘frenzied’ baseball bat attack on ‘brother’

16 May 2019 | Bristol Post |

Dr Tomison said Osman admitted using a lot of cannabis as well as the drug spice.

A man has been jailed for life after murdering his friend in a ‘frenzied attack’ with a baseball bat in an Easton flat last year.

Mahamud Osman, 38, of Perry Street, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 14 years before being considered for parole at Bristol Crown Court this afternoon (Thursday, May 16) following a week-long trial.

He was arrested last year after police were called to an address in Pirie Court, Perry Street shortly before 1.45pm on November 11, 2018.

The following day Avon and Somerset Constabulary confirmed a man, later named as 40-year-old Hassan Hagi, had died at the scene.

Officers and paramedics found Mr Hagi in the living room of the flat and one officer attempted CPR, however it is thought he was likely to have been dead since the previous evening.

It was revealed during the course of the trial, which began on May 7, that Osman and Mr Hagi had been like ‘brothers’ and the pair had been drinking together over the course of a three-day period.

However the jury heard how on the night in question an argument had allegedly broken out between the two, which had quickly descended into violence.

In his evidence Osman – who was suffering from alcohol dependence and PTSD as a result of his early life in Somalia – had claimed he was acting in self-defence, however this claim was rejected by the jury.

The jury, which had retired to consider its verdict at noon yesterday, returned a majority 11-1 guilty verdict shortly after 2pm today.

During his sentencing remarks, The Honourable Mr Justice Murray described how the ‘savagery’ of the attack meant Osman’s has surpassed the 15-year starting point for imprisonment, and stated that Osman’s delay in calling the police following the attack were aggravating factors in the case.

The baseball bat used during the attack (Image: Avon and Somerset Constabulary)

Following the violent assault on Hagi, Osman apparently made no efforts to clean the flat and only called police some 13 or 14 hours later.

Justice Murray described the incident as a ‘frenzied attack’, in which Osman had struck Hagi some 60 times – breaking all of his ribs and even bruising his heart.

Upon sentencing the judge said: “It may be the case that you will never be released again.”

Mr Hagi’s family have today released a moving tribute, following Osman’s conviction.

They said: “We are still at a loss and deeply saddened by the loss of Hassan.

“This trial may be over today, but our pain and the nightmare of losing Hassan to this horrific murder is far from over.

“We cannot imagine the pain and the suffering of this loss has caused to our parents and indeed, we cannot and will never comprehend the amount violence and physical trauma that Hassan suffered in the hands of this evil man.

“Hassan was a very kind, gentle and extremely generous soul. He had a tremendous impact on our lives, especially in the lives of his much beloved younger cousins, whom he had spent a great deal of time and care.

“His life was taken away from us and nothing will ever fill the void that it has left behind.

“We love Hassan and he was very much loved by everyone. We pray that when justice is served, it will prevent this evil man from committing another heinous crime again.

“Hassan was an honest, respectful and very charismatic person. We will miss him more than words can ever express.”

DI Neil Rice, of the regional major crime investigation team, said: “This has been a distressing ordeal for Hassan’s family who’ve had to listen to evidence about the brutal attack on him, carried out by Osman.

“We’re thinking of them at this incredibly difficult time and thank them for their help, patience and understanding while we investigated this terrible crime.

“This conviction is the result of a detailed inquiry by regional investigators, neighbourhood officers, forensic experts and scenes of crime officers.

“On behalf of all the staff involved I’d like to thank the witnesses who’ve provided statements and those who bravely gave live evidence during the trial.

“I also want to thank the local community for their support and patience during the initial days of our investigation when roads were closed and access was restricted as we gathered evidence.”

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/man-sentenced-life-imprisonment-after-2876064

The attentive reader will notice that the above article does not contain the quote at the top of this blog post. For that, one has to read the Bristol Post‘s updates from the trial, here: https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/live-court-easton-murder-trial-2839626

You can see the problem with this. As in hundreds of other cases, the final news report does not mention that the perpetrator of yet another act of ‘frenzied’ and psychopathic violence had smoked copious amounts of cannabis. 

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