Callous killer went to Greggs after murdering 'kind' former friend Mahmoud Alabdullah

-Credit: (Image: WMP)
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A "callous" killer visited Greggs just hours after fatally knifing his former 'friend' in a Birmingham street and leaving him to die in his car. Tarik Al-Mitheab visited Greggs in Birmingham city centre hours after murdering former friend 28-year-old Mahmoud Alabdullah in Bordesley Green in the early hours of Sunday, November 5 last year.

West Midlands Police told of how just hours after launching a surprise attack his former pal, Mr Al-Mitheab visited the popular pasty joint before handing himself in to the force. Mr Al-Mitheab was convicted on May 29 of murdering "kind and lovely" Mahmoud Alabdullah in the "senseless" knife attack last year.

Mahmoud Alabdullah was stabbed and killed as he got out of his car on Cherrywood Road in Bordesley Green in November 2023. A murder investigation was launched after a member of the public found Mr Alabdullah slumped in his car in Cherrywood Road, in the early hours of November 5.

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In a heartfelt tribute, Mr Alabdullah's family said: "Mahmoud was always happy and his loss will be felt by everyone that knew him. He was a kind and lovely person to spend time with. He brought smiles to everyone who knew him."

On May 29, following a four-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court, Mr Al-Mitheab was convicted of murder and will be sentenced on June 7 2024. The court heard how Mahmoud Alabdullah had driven to Cherrywood Road to visit a friend. As he travelled along Pikewater Road, he passed Al-Mitheab who was a rear seat passenger of a white BMW.

After spotting his former friend, CCTV showed that the white BMW followed Mr Alabdullah into Cherrywood Road. Al-Mitheab got out and confronted Mr Alabdullah as he sat in his vehicle. As the victim opened his car door, the 22-year-old launched towards him, stabbing him.

Tarik Al-Mitheab (pictured) was convicted on May 29 of murdering 28-year-old Mahmoud Alabdullah on Cherrywood Road in Bordesley Green in the early hours of Sunday, November 5 last year. He will be sentenced in June -Credit:WMP
Tarik Al-Mitheab (pictured) was convicted on May 29 of murdering 28-year-old Mahmoud Alabdullah on Cherrywood Road in Bordesley Green in the early hours of Sunday, November 5 last year. He will be sentenced in June -Credit:WMP

Mr Alabdullah got out, but Mr Al-Mitheab continued his attack in the street and then callously returned to the waiting car which drove away, leaving the victim seriously injured.

Despite the best efforts of 999 crews, Mr Alabdullah could not be saved and he died in Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth hospital. Police said how, in an attempt to cover his crime, Mr Al-Mitheab got changed, and washed his clothing. Later that morning he visited Greggs in Birmingham city centre before handing himself in that evening.

During his trial, Mr Al-Mitheab of Cherrywood Road claimed that he had disarmed Mr Alabdullah of the knife and that he had acted in self-defence - but on Wednesday May 29 he was convicted of murder. He is due to be be sentenced on June 7.

Following the conviction, Detective Inspector Michelle Cordell, from the force's Homicide team said: "We may never know the true motive behind Mr Alabdullah’s murder, but nothing can justify the senseless violence which ended his life in such tragic circumstances.

Mr Alabdullah's family said: "Mahmoud was always happy and his loss will be felt by everyone that knew him. He was a kind and lovely person to spend time with. He brought smiles to everyone who knew him." -Credit:WMP
Mr Alabdullah's family said: "Mahmoud was always happy and his loss will be felt by everyone that knew him. He was a kind and lovely person to spend time with. He brought smiles to everyone who knew him." -Credit:WMP

“In his selection and use of a knife, Al-Mitheab knew his actions had the potential to inflict at least, serious harm. His disregard for human life is truly shocking and difficult to comprehend.

“His callous actions left Mr Alabdullah dying in the street, and the fact that he handed himself in some hours after the attack will offer little comfort to Mr Alabdullah’s family and loved ones. His failure to take responsibility for his actions mean that Mr Alabullah’s family and friends may never know why his life was cut so short.

“The family of Mr Alabdullah continue to grieve and although we know today's verdict can never replace their loss, we hope that this verdict gives them some comfort and that they can now start to rebuild their lives.

“I am grateful for the efforts of my exceptional team of investigators, who have worked relentlessly to support the delivery of justice for the victim and his family."