Images above: Ali Abucar Ali – photograph Chiswick Gators; Betty Walsh – photograph Betty’s family
A man has appeared in court, charged with the murder of Ali Abucar Ali and the attempted murder of Betty Walsh, stabbed outside a kebab shop in Brentford last Friday night (12 November).
Norris Henry, 37, of Brook Road South, Brentford, appeared at the Old Bailey on Wednesday (17 November) via a video link from Wormwood Scrubs. He spoke to confirm his identity and the judge set out a timetable for the case, setting a plea hearing for 21 February.
The court heard the attacks on 20 year old basketball coach Ali and 82 year old retired bar staff Betty were “unprovoked”.
Mr Ali was pronounced dead at the scene and Ms Walsh is now considered ‘stable’ having had a kidney operation. Tributes have been pouring in for both: Ali was a basketball coach with Chiswick Gators who had been a student at Chiswick School and Betty had been bar staff at the Griffin pub.
A Go Fund Me page set up by Ali’s family has now reached more than £100,000 in donations. They wrote:
“On Friday the 12th of Novemeber we lost a son, a brother and a friend. Our beloved brother Ali has returned to our lord, May Allah forgive him for his sins, the ones he commited in private and the ones in public, may allah heal the wounds of his mother, brothers and friends, may allah widen his grave as far as the eye can see and may allah make him recieve his book on the day of kiyamah on his right hand.
“We lost a dear brother, the most caring, humble , funniest young man, Dont have a single memory of him without seeing his amazing smile. Al ham dulilah fore he prayed salatul jummah and as we know we dont know when allah is going to take us, fore his time has come, he was murdered by the hand of a man who has taken his sins.
“May Allah rise our beloved brother Ali may Allah on the day of judgement reunite us with our beloved brother in the highest ranks of jannatul firdos”.
A hero and a role model
Eye witnesses told police Ali died trying to help Betty. Head teacher at Chiswick School described him as a “hero” and a “role model” and tributes have come from across the community.
Maryam Abdul Elahi wrote:
“May Allah have mercy on you. Such a brave boy TabarakAllah”
Kate Periccos commented:
“Ali played basketball with my son George in the Chiswick Gators team, my son said Ali was one of the kindest boys he knew, we are heartbroken for your family & friends.
Knights Basketball team wrote:
“As a local club with close connections to Chiswick Gators, we send our sincere condolences to the staff, players, and supporters for the tragic and senseless loss of Coach Ali. A true life-changer and life-saver, may his impact continue in the lives of those he helped. Love from all at Richmond Knights Basketball Club.”
Organiser of the Go Fund Me page Abdulsatar Abdi Aden says he would love to see as many people attend the janazah, the Islamic funeral prayer.
“Hopefully we can keep the dream of opening a masjid (mosque) for our brother Ali” he wrote.
The janazah prayer will take place on Friday 19th November at 12:30 at Darussalam Masjid and Culture Center UB2 5NS and the burial will take place at 1 Five Oaks Lane, Chigwell, IG7 4QP.
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