Somali refugee gets life for killing soccer starlet Kiyan Prince at the school gates

Last updated at 11:33 26 July 2007

A Somali tennager obsessed with the gang which killed Pc Sharon Beshenivsky was today given a life sentence at the Old Bailey for the murder of talented footballer Kiyan Prince outside his school gates.

Hannad Hasan stabbed

Kiyan Prince to death in

what a friend of the killer

claimed was part of an initiation

rite for a notorious

street gang.

Kiyan, 15, had tried to break

up a fight between Hasan and

another boy.

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Kiyan Prince

But Hasan, who went by the

nickname The Killer, pulled out

a penknife and plunged it into

Kiyan's arm and heart, shouting:

"Who's laughing? Who's


Kiyan asked: "Why are you

doing this to me?" as he collapsed

on the ground crying for his


The Queens Park

Rangers youth team footballer

died three hours later in hospital.

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Hannad Hasan

Hasan, now 17, was 16 at the

time of the attack in May last

year. He had lived in Britain

for five years, brought from his

wartorn homeland by his

mother who fled Somalia and

Hasan's warlord father seeking

a better life for her son.

At first, Hasan showed

promise and seemed to move

forward from his troubled background.

But as he approached

his mid-teens, an increasing

propensity for violence emerged.

S friend of Hasan

said he had become caught up

with a lawless Somali-dominated

gang known as Thug Fam

– short for Thug Family – which

is based in Edgware, North-

West London, close to where

Hasan lived with his mother in a

ninth-floor council flat.

Members of the group were

thought to be responsible for

the murder of PC Sharon Beshenivsky.

"They don't let anyone join,"

said the friend, who did not want

to be named. "You have to prove

yourself, normally by using a

knife on someone.

"That's what Hannad did,

although he probably didn't

mean to kill him."

Police, however, said there

was no evidence of a gang link

and believe Hasan attacked

Kiyan in a "show of bravado".

The pair knew each other

from school, the London Academy

in Edgware.

Sporty and popular, Kiyan

was tipped by some for a brilliant

football career.

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Kiyan Prince

Hasan prided himself on his

ability at basketball, but was

jealous of Kiyan's talents.

He became increasingly violent

in the months before the

murder, assaulting a female

pupil and bursting her eardrum.

He started carrying around a

Swiss Army knife and threatened

to stab another schoolgirl

in a row over a bus seat.

Less than a week before the

fatal stabbing, he was suspended

for ten days for threatening

a female teacher.

At the time of the murder, he

was undergoing anger management


Hasan denied murder but

pleaded guilty to manslaughter,

telling police he didn't realise a

penknife would cause such a

serious injury.

He told officers: "It was like a

toy I carried around every day."

He was found guilty by an 11-1

majority at the Old Bailey.

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