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Ismail Mohamed's killers jailed for life

Senseless savagery in Slough's crime notorious Salt Hill Park

Report: Paul Janik. Photographs: Thames Valley Police.

These convicted men were sentenced today at Reading Crown Court:-

Oladapo Obadare, aged 25, of Bath Road, Slough.

Life imprisonment with a minimum 31 years.

He will be at least 40 years-old at his earliest parole date; 56 years-old if has to complete his 31 years jail before getting parole.


Ryan Fuller-Bent, aged 21, of no home address.

Life imprisonment with a minimum 26 years.

He will be at least 34 years-old at his earliest parole date; 47 years-old if has to complete his 26 years jail before getting parole.


Rick Champion Musaba, aged 22, of Rolt Street, Depford, London SE8.

Life imprisonment with a minimum 26 years.

He will be at least 35 years-old at his earliest parole date; 48 years-old if has to complete his 26 years jail before getting parole.


Their trial started at Reading Crown Court on 12 March 2018. On 27 April 2018, the jury unanimously declared:-

  • all three men guilty of the stabbing which murdered Wexham Court Estate resident Ismail Mohamed.
  • all three men guilty of Section 18 Grievous Bodily Harm for the stabbing of Ismail Mohamed's friend
  • Oladapo Obadare guilty of witness intimidation

Before the trial, on 22 January 2018, Oladapo Obadare pleaded guilty to the possession of Class A drugs for the purpose of selling them.

The judge gave separate sentences for the non-murder crimes:-

  • For the Grievous Bodily Harm of Ismail Mohamed's friend, all men received 7 years jail.
  • For the Class A drugs, Oladapo Obadare, received 6 years jail.
  • For witness intimidation, Oladapo Obadare, received 4 years jail.

Judge Johannah Cutts QC - a part-time judge, well-known practising barrister and former prosecutor for the CPS - decided the extra sentences will be served at the same time (concurrently) with the main life sentences, meaning the minimum length of the main sentences would not be extended by the addition of these extra sentences.

According to the Slough Observer newspaper, the convicted men were career criminals:-

  • 25 years old Oladapo Obadare has 10 previous convictions including the armed robbery of a jeweller's shop - and, since January, he was serving a 5 years prison sentence for drugs offences.
  • 21 years old Ryan Fuller-Bent has 11 previous convictions.
  • 22 years old Rick Champion Musaba has 9 previous convictions.

Police statement

Thames Valley Police's press office stated:-

In the early hours of Monday 10 July 2017 Ismail Mohamed was celebrating his 24th birthday with his friends in Salt Hill Park.

While sitting on a skate ramp they were confronted by three men, one of whom used a knife to stab Ismail. The group of friends ran away, however another man was also stabbed during the incident. He attended hospital and has since made a full recovery.

Ismail died on 31 July 2017 and a murder investigation was launched by Thames Valley Police's Major Crime unit. A Post-Mortem examination concluded the cause of death was from multiple organ failure caused by a stab wound to the abdomen.

Obadare and Fuller-Bent were charged with murder on 29 September last year and Musaba was charged on 1 November last year.

Chief police investigator's statement

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Shearwood, of the Major Crimes Unit, said:

Those responsible for ending the life of Ismail 'Izzy' Mohamed have been sentenced to significant prison sentences, during which they can reflect upon their devastating actions. Acting together, Obadare, Fuller-Bent and Musaba senselessly attacked Izzy, and another man who was seriously injured.

This tragic case is a reminder of the significant dangers of carrying a knife. It only took one single stab wound to cause Izzy's death. That moment in time and the actions had such devastating consequences.

Nothing will ever bring Izzy back to those who loved him. However I hope the sentences will bring a degree of comfort to Izzy's family in this incredibly difficult time for them.

Crown Prosecution Service's statement

Victoria Griffiths, a senior crown prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern area said:

All three men acted together in murdering Ismail, and are clearly extremely ruthless, calculated, and violent individuals.

We have worked closely with Thames Valley Police since this investigation was launched and as a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved.

The consequences of this incident highlight the significant danger of carrying knives.

The CPS takes all allegations of violence and knife crime extremely seriously and we will continue to vigorously prosecute all such offenders.

Sadly we know that nothing will bring Ismail back to his family and friends, but we hope that the convictions and today's sentences bring them at least a small sense that justice has been done. Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time.

Ismail family's statement

Mrs Zuwena Mohamed said:-

My son Ismail "Izzy" was kind, humble, respectful and very loving. He touched the lives of all who were lucky to cross his path. He would never get into arguments, regardless of the situations. He respected everyone, no matter their age or gender.

Ismail "Izzy" had a lot of friends, from a wide range of nationalities. He embraced everyone and did not care about their race, religion, nationality or colour. He was an intelligent and trusting person with the whole world in front of him.

I will never be able to come to terms with how he was mercilessly robbed of his life. There are no adequate words to describe the desperation, pain, anger and helplessness that I feel from his murder.

The trial has been an extremely traumatic experience which no mother should have to go through - ever!

For weeks I sat in the gallery hearing every detail of how and why he was killed. The defence has continually tried to dishonour his memory and have shown a total lack of sympathy or sensitivity towards us as a family and the loss we have suffered.

The image of the defendants laughing unremorsefully and joking around is imprinted in my heart. I wake up in the middle of the night, feeling sick at the pit of my stomach; I find myself in tears, constantly. I have been handed a life sentence of torture and pain. I do not think that I can ever forgive those who tore my family this way.

Life will never be the same for me and no sentence will bring back my son but the sentences that have been given to the defendants have brought a huge relief and do not make a mockery of the loss of "Izzy's" life and the life sentence of torture and pain that we have been served.