Man Murdered Mother-In-Law In "Horrendous" Sexual Assault
Tuesday 3rd June 2014
A 34 year old from Harlesden has been found guilty of murdering his frail mother-in-law, who died after being violently sexually assaulted.
The court at the Old Bailey heard how Mohammed Yassin Yusuf was left alone with Amoe Seline Stevens at the home they shared in Cairnfield Avenue on 18 October 2013.
Within moments of his wife leaving, Yusuf locked himself in his mother-in-law's bedroom and began assaulting her.
The 64 year old had suffered a stroke in the past, severely impairing her mobility and speech.
Yusuf was interrupted by a registered carer arriving to get Mrs Stevens ready for bed, who became suspicious as he rushed from the bedroom to his kitchen with blood spots on his hands and shirt.
When the carer entered the bedroom she saw Mrs Stevens slumped in a recliner chair with blood smeared across her legs and a pool of blood on the floor.
As she attempted to challenge Yusuf in the kitchen she realised he was trying to clean the blood from his hands and clothes. She then quickly left the property and called for an ambulance and police to attend.
Mrs Stevens was taken by ambulance to St Mary's Hospital in Paddington but died from her injuries within hours.
A post-mortem examination revealed that she had haemorrhaged after suffering multiple internal injuries.
Yusuf was arrested and subsequently charged on 19th October 2013 with the murder of his mother-in-law.
Detective Chief Inspector, Noel McHugh, who led the investigation from the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC) called the assault "horrendous" and said it was unlikely to be the first he had committed.
"Mrs Stevens suffered ill health and Yusuf should have offered her care and protection," DCI McHugh continued. "Instead he chose to use her vulnerabilities to his own sexual benefit and violated her in the most despicable way possible.
"We believe Yusuf had assaulted Mrs Stevens on multiple occasions but due to her disabilities she was never able to communicate with her family and expose his sickening actions. We also believe that Yusuf is sexually deviant and may well have tried to target other women in his past."
Officers are encouraging anyone who has come into contact with Yusuf and had concerns about his behaviour to come forward and contact the Incident Room on 020 8785 8099."
In a written statement the family of Amoe Stevens said the are devastated by her loss.
"We can't imagine how we will ever come to terms with our loss. The detectives from the homicide command have been truly exceptional and we would like to thank them for their thorough investigation and support throughout this ordeal.
"We would ask that we are left alone as a family at this time in order to come to terms with what has happened and our grief."
Mohammud Yassin Yusuf will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on Friday, 6th June.