By Emily Carter.
On the 7th of December 2017, Jacob Abraham went missing. Jacob, 15 at the time, was seen buying loaves of bread from Iceland on Waltham Cross in the South of the Broxbourne Borough at 4:40 pm. He returned to his home on Hurst Drive, so he and his mother could begin to make sandwiches and head off to their church in Edmonton. The pair handed out their freshly made sandwiches to the local homeless people residing by the church.
Jacob and his mother left the church and returned back home around 8:30 pm.
Jacob’s mother noticed that he was getting a lot of strange phone calls – passing them off as prank calls or teenage banter, so when Jacob asked to leave to go out, she thought nothing of it. It was reported that he had begun to run home but was found collapsed outside Hurst Drive by his 19- year-old brother after Jacob failed to come home on time. Jacob had been fatally stabbed and was pronounced dead at 10:15 pm.
The police urged people in the local area to come forward with any information regarding the incident, but it wasn’t until the 20th December that finally five boys were charged with the murder and ordered to appear in court. The boy’s identities were originally protected under law, however, Judge Justice Edis argued for their names to be released as the “public needed to know who was responsible” for what he described as a “gang-land killing”. The five 15-year-old boys from Enfield in London, Kai Fisher-Dixon, Tremayne Gray, Shuayb Mahomud, Omarion Stephens and Abulqaliq Mohamed, denied having anything to do with Jacobs murder, and any conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm.
Despite this, the court found them guilty of intentionally travelling from Enfield to Waltham Cross to cause trouble. This comes as Jacob had previously said about having trouble with people outside of the county.
On the 25th Of June 2018, the St Albans Crown Court sentenced the boys to a collective of 65 years in prison from the murder of 15-year-old Jacob Abraham. Kai Fisher-Dixon was sentenced for 12 years for luring Jacob outside with a total number of nine phone calls. The gang then attacked and stabbed Jacob eight times in the legs, causing a fatal wound to the femoral artery.
The court heard that the group of boys wanted to teach Jacob a lesson as he was a rival to their “county lines” drug operation. This didn’t come as a surprise as prosecutor Jane Bickerstaff QC had told the court evidence suggested Jacob dealt in cannabis on a small scale, which had led to the argument with the gang.
Detective Chief Inspector Jerome Kent said: “This was a tragic and upsetting case due to the young age of the victim and the offenders. If these boys had chosen not to carry knives that night, I truly believe Jacob would still be alive today.”
UK Crime Stats show that from June 2017-May 2018 in Hertfordshire there have been over 21,493 violent crimes, as well as 3,075 reported possession of weapons charges. Possession of a knife can carry a four-year prison sentence, even if it’s not used.
Deaths like Jacobs can be prevented if we think about our actions and keep each other safe.
If you suspect a friend, stranger, to be carrying a knife, you can call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 or fill in an anonymous form online on their website: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously