Man jailed for stabbing YouTube star to death with a sword

A man who stabbed an aspiring musician to death with a sword outside a shopping centre has been jailed for life.

Keany Kissingou-Mabiala, 20, was on the phone to his bank when Mazin Abdelmonim, 19, attacked him ‘out of the blue’ on October 12, last year.

Abdelmonim stabbed Mr Kissingou-Mabiala twice in the upper right chest and stomach with an eight-inch sword in front of dozens of shoppers.

The victim, who did not know the knifeman, took several steps backwards before he collapsed outside the entrance of the Victoria Centre, in Nottingham city.

Emergency services raced to the scene and tried to save his life but he died shortly after.

Disturbing CCTV footage shows Mr Kissingou-Mabiala’s final moments, before Abdelmonim is seen running away holding the sword following the attack.

He jumped on a tram and escaped but police were able to find him after he dropped his phone and was tracked to a flat in the city.

Abdelmonim denied murder but was found guilty by a jury at Nottingham Crown Court and was jailed for life with a minimum of 20 years on Friday.

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Davarnnay Parris, 18, was also present at the attack and had previously pleaded guilty to possession of a knife and cannabis.

Footage released by police shows Parris trying to escape in a taxi following the killing but drivers refused him entry.

He then ran to a nearby bus where he was arrested in front of shocked passengers.

Parris was found not guilty of murder and given a conditional discharge for two years.

A post-mortem examination found that the wound to Mr Kissingou-Mabiala’s chest entered the top of his heart, causing extensive blood loss, which would have lead to his death.

The court heard he also had extensive injuries to both hands from grabbing the blade in a bid to stop himself being stabbed.

Nottinghamshire Police said that Mr Kissingou-Mabiala, whose songs have been played tens of thousands of times on YouTube, was targeted ‘out of the blue’.

Detective Inspector Steve Wragg said: ‘Keany had his whole life ahead of him. He had a promising music career, he had dreams and aspirations.

‘They were taken away from him when Abdelmonim attacked him out of the blue using a truly fearsome weapon.

‘He was minding his own business walking through a busy city centre street in the middle of the day.

‘It’s truly tragic that this happened and a man is going to pay the price for his reckless stupidity.

‘One person has lost his life and another has thrown his away in this incident.

‘The impact this will have on each of their families is unimaginable.

‘Our thoughts are with Keany’s family who have been supported by specially trained officers throughout this investigation.

‘The one thing to take away from this is to send a clear message to people who carry knives – if you carry one, you are likely to use it and this is the result.

‘If you use it, we will arrest you and you will go to prison, it is as simple as that.’

He urged anyone who is worried about a loved one who may be carrying a knife to help them understand ‘just how serious the consequences are’.

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