Source : http://www.timesonline.co.uk
June 10, 2009 - Update: Ali, who was not in court in May when the jury convicted him for murder, has been sentenced today to a minimum of 37 years in jail.
May 22, 2009 - Birmingham (UK):
A man who stabbed to death his girlfriend and her sister was convicted of murder today.
A jury at Birmingham Crown Court took three hours and 20 minutes to convict Mohammed Ali of murdering Yasmine and Sabrina Larbi-Cherif, whose partially clothed bodies were found at their flat last September.
In a two-week trial the jury was told that Ali, 29, from Old Snow Hill, Birmingham, used three knives to stab Yasmine twice and inflict 35 knife wounds on her sister.
Family and friends of Yasmine, 22, and Sabrina, 19, sobbed and hugged in the public gallery as the verdicts were returned.
David Crigman, QC, for the prosecution, said that Ali stabbed both women in the lounge of their central Birmingham flat before dragging their bodies into a bedroom.
Jurors, who watched CCTV film of Ali leaving the Jupiter Apartments in Ryland Street, Birmingham, after the killings, heard that he twice walked from the lounge of the flat to the kitchen to rearm himself after breaking two of the knives he used.Read »