December 5, 2020

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THE mother of a teen stabbed to death has asked why her son was taken from her in a row over “something cheap” like a bicycle.

Azzam Raguragui, 18, died after suffering five stab wounds during a melee in Finsbury Park, Dundrum, Dublin 14 on May 10, 2019.

Hajiba and Abdul

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Hajiba and Abdul
Azzam Raguragui

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Azzam Raguragui

His parents Hajiba and Abdul told a sentence hearing for their son’s killer that they wanted to do something good for their communities when they moved to Ireland and are proud of what their children have achieved.

But in an emotional statement Hajiba asked why her “kind” son was taken from her in an argument over a bicycle, “something cheap”.

She said she wants justice for her son.

She also said that Azzam was a “faithful and loyal” son who smiled so much he was nicknamed “Smiley”.

‘HEINOUS CRIME’

Father Abdul said that his son’s killer was caught on CCTV celebrating and “high-fiving” with friends after the fatal attack.

He added: “In addition to losing my son in a heinous crime I also lost myself, my wife and two kids as we have never been the same.”

Mr Justice Paul McDermott will pass sentence later today.

The 17-year-old defendant, who cannot be identified because he is a minor, was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter by a jury in September.

He had previously offered to plead guilty but the Director of Public Prosecutions rejected the plea.

The trial heard that one of Azzam’s wounds severed an artery and caused massive blood loss which led to his death.

The jury passed their verdict having heard that if the accused believed he was acting in self-defence but used more force than was reasonably necessary then he should be found guilty of the lesser charge.

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