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Life for 'merciless' murder gang
Rashid Tabali, Mishal Al-Fahad, Ahmad Alkhateeb and Hassan Al-Soltan
All four were convicted of murder and sentenced to life
Four men who murdered a stranger they bumped into on a night out in London's West End have been jailed for life.

Assistant bank manager Bobby Ilham, 24, son of a top Pakistani cricketer, was chased by the gang who knocked him to the ground and stamped on his head.

The Old Bailey heard the fatal attack, in May 2005, was a "merciless and motiveless" public killing.

Rashid Tabali, Hassan Al-Soltan, Ahmad Alkhateeb and Mishal Al-Fahad, all from London, will serve at least 15 years.

With every stamp on our son's head they stole his life
Ilham Mohiuddin, victim's father

Mr Ilham, son of former Pakistan international cricketer Ilham Mohiuddin, had been out with friends and they were making their way back to a car when they bumped into the four-strong group near Leicester Square.

A fight started and Mr Ilham became separated from his friends.

The four men then chased him into Whitcomb Street before knocking him to the ground.

As he lay there, his head was stamped on and kicked and he was beaten with belts.

Prosecutor Jeremy Donne told the trial: "He suffered a very public and brutal death. He was brought to the ground where he was subjected to a vicious and sustained beating."

Murder victim Bobby Ilham
Mr Ilham's death devastated his family

Mr Ilham worked at a bank in Sutton, south-west London and lived with his parents in nearby New Malden, where he had just bought a flat.

His father, Ilham Mohiuddin, a former Pakistan international and Essex county cricketer, read a statement about the impact the murder had had on the family.

"Those who committed this brutal and senseless act of irreversible violence were stamping on our son's head, in a moment of drunken madness, with no regard or comprehension for the devastation being unleashed with every blow," he said.

"With every stamp on our son's head they stole his life and murdered the lives of those he has left behind."

Sentencing the four to life terms - they must serve at least 15 years each - Judge David Paget said: "This was an act of appalling, relentless, unnecessary violence."

He added that while Mr Ilham had "a bright future in front of him and had achieved so much", his attackers had never achieved anything.


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