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Life For Teen Who Murdered Friend Over £30 Debt

Friday 22nd August 2014

A teenager from central London has been jailed for life for murdering his friend following a 'trivial' dispute over thirty pounds.

Yusef Al Jaaf

Nineteen year-old Yusef Al-Jaaf from Pimlico (pictured above) stabbed Basel Aghabra earlier this year.

Police were called by London Ambulance to a flat in Lilestone Street shortly before 1.10pm on Monday, 3rd February after reports of a stabbing.

There they found 19 year old Aghabra suffering multiple stab wounds to his torso. Paramedics tried but failed to save him.

Basel AghabraAl-Jaaf later confessed to officers that he was at the address during the murder, which surrounded a heated argument about the fact that Basel had lent Al-Jaaf £20 for breakfast but Al-Jaaf had then demanded another £10.

Al-Jaaf has been given a minimum 12 and a half year sentence after pleading guilty to murder.

Detective Inspector Jamie Stevenson said: "This was a brutal murder with multiple stab wounds inflicted following what was a trivial dispute over a small amount of money. A heated argument has quickly escalated with tragic consequences. The only consolation to the family is that Al-Jaaf has done the decent thing and pleaded guilty, sparing the family the ordeal of a long and painful court case."