Two West London thugs have been found guilty for their part in the brutal killing of a security guard at a private party, as his suspected killer remains on the run.
As a group of men tried to gain entry to the party at 5.30am, including the alleged knifeman Ossama Hamed, a fight broke out and several door staff were injured, many receiving stab and slash wounds.
Mr Simionov, who moved to London with fiancée Madalina Anghel in “search of a better life, was stabbed at 5.32am as he attempted to intervene in an attack on a colleague.
Despite the efforts of the emergency services he was pronounced dead at the scene at 6.05am.
Hamed, 26, of Hillingdon fled the country bound for Morocco the day after the attack and remains wanted by Scotland Yard for murder, wounding and violent disorder.
Adam Khalil, 21, from Brent, and Haroon Akram, 26, from Hammersmith and Fulham pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the second day of the trial, while Ahmed Munajed, 26, also from Hammersmith and Fulham, pleaded guilty to violent disorder.
Nor Hamada, 24, from Brent was found guilty of violent disorder and not guilty of GBH. The jury were unable to reach a verdict on him in respect of charges of murder and a further GBH.
They will be sentenced at the same court on a date yet to be set.]
The jury found Adham El Shalakany, 24, of Hammersmith and Fulham not guilty of violent disorder, while Shaymaa Lamrani, 26, of Hillingdon was found not guilty of perverting the course of justice.
After Mr Simionov’s death, detectives launched a murder investigation and via CCTV identified the group of attackers travelling through a nearby garage forecourt on their way to the party.
Footage played in court showed the six-minute fight in which a number of door staff were “violently attacked” before Mr Simionov received his fatal wound.
No weapons have ever been recovered.
In the days following the murder, Khalil fled to Morocco and after returning to London was arrested at his home address on January 29 at which point he unsuccessfully attempted to evade arrest by jumping out of a window.
Munajed was arrested on January 22 while Akram was arrested on January 29.
‘We moved to London for a new life’
Madalina paid an emotional tribute to her lover after the trial.
“Tudor and I met three years ago at university in Romania and in October 2018 moved to London to start a new life,” she said.
“Tudor was a professional rower who had been successful in many competitions. He believed that moving to England would be an opportunity to focus on his sport.
“On December 31, 2018 Tudor had gone to work as normal when his life was suddenly taken away. He just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time; he was simply unlucky.
“Tudor was only 33-years-old and we had planned our whole lives together. He was always thinking about everyone else and putting others first. He was the kindest person I knew and by losing him, I have lost everything.
“We were meant to be getting married this summer but instead of attending our wedding I have been attending court. Instead of going to the church to arrange our wedding I was going to church to bury him. My life has been turned upside down.
“I am pleased those involved have been convicted but we must now keep working to find Ossama Hamed who remains on the run from police.
“Nothing can change the past and we cannot bring Tudor back, but finding Ossama Hamed and bringing him to justice will help me find closure after all that has happened.
“I would ask anyone who has any information on his whereabouts to speak to police as soon as possible. Imagine how you would feel knowing one of those involved in the death of your loved one was still walking free.
“Someone, somewhere must know where he is.”
‘Sustained and brutal attack’
Acting detective chief inspector Garry Moncrieff, who led the investigation, urged members of the public to look our for Hamed.
He said: “This was a sustained and brutal attack in which the defendants acted together as a group and were intent on causing serious harm to anyone who stood in their way.
“Their actions that night have left Tudor’s family completely devastated and their lives will never be the same.
“These men attempted to evade police but thanks to a painstaking investigation which included hundreds of hours trawling through CCTV and mobile phone footage, they are now likely to be spending a long time behind bars and off our streets.
“We believe Ossama Hamed played a significant role in this attack and we are determined to find him and get Tudor’s family the justice they deserve.
Source – My London