Poplar convicted of Isle of Dogs murder

11:02 am August 4, 2022

A ‘ruthless’ killer will serve at least 22 years in prison after murdering Mohamed Ensser on the Isle of Dogs.

Kwabena Boateng, 21, of Dod Street, Poplar, appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Wednesday August 3, where he was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Boateng, who was also found guilty of possession of a knife, was sentenced by the same court on Friday July 29.

Mohamed was found in East Ferry Road with multiple stab wounds by police, who were called to report a fight on the evening of September 21 last year.

The Leyton resident died at the scene.

Mohamed Ensser, 33, from Leyton
– Credit: Met Police

A post-mortem examination revealed that the cause of death was hypovolemic shock caused by a stab wound to the neck.

Police investigations revealed that Boateng and Mohamed had an argument in which the former accused Mohamed of owing him money for drugs.

Words were exchanged and Boateng then pulled a large knife from his belt.

Mohamed armed himself with an abandoned toaster in an attempt to defend himself. He also urged him to put the knife down.

Boateng began swinging repeatedly and chasing Mohamed, who quickly tripped and fell between two cars.

Witnesses then described Boateng stabbing Mohamed as he lay on the ground.

Boateng then got on his bicycle and left, followed by two associates.

Boateng was arrested in November by police who found him hiding under a bed at a Stewart Street address on the Isle of Dogs.

He made no comment during police questioning.

Det Ch Insp Larry Smith said: “Our thoughts are with Mohamed’s family. While I hope they can see that justice has been served, I understand the enormity of their grief at such a senseless loss.

“Mohamed was unarmed. He urged Boateng to settle things fairly if necessary, but Boateng was ruthless and attacked without mercy. It was an assault carried out in full view of several passers-by and people watching from the windows of their homes.

“The argument was petty, involving an alleged drug debt, and Boateng saw fit that the only way to resolve it was through serious violence.”

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