A man has been convicted of murder following a stabbing in a major road.

Abraheem Sikander, 24, of Dale Grove, North Finchley, was found guilty at the Old Bailey on Monday, 7 November, of murdering 29-year-old Mohammad Raza Gulzar.

He was also found guilty of possession of an offensive weapon and will be sentenced at the same court on January 13, 2023.

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Police were called to reports of a fight in High Road, Whetstone, at 10.24pm on June 17, 2021 .

Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service and found Mohammad suffering from knife wounds. He was taken to hospital where despite the efforts of medics he died two days later.

A murder investigation was launched, led by Detective Chief Inspector Laurence Smith.

He said: “This was an extremely complex investigation which demanded the wide-ranging skills and total commitment of dedicated detectives alongside a good deal of co-operation from partner organisations and local people in Whetstone.

“Our investigation was fast-paced, requiring hundreds of lines of inquiry to be followed, in particular during an intensive five week period following the murder. This involved a variety of technologies including extensive use of CCTV, number-plate recognition systems, mobile phone analysis and a range of forensic examinations, including on vehicles used to convey those involved in the fight to Whetstone.

“After considerable hard work, Sikander was arrested on Monday, July 26, 2021 and he was charged two days later.

“My message to men of violence is clear, and it’s one they will surely have noted as other serious offenders are convicted of their crimes - If you kill or seriously injure someone on the streets of London or assist those involved in such crimes , Met officers have the tenacity and the technological tools to track you down and bring you to justice.”

Two people were found not guilty of assisting an offender during the same trial.

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