Wealdstone murder: Man charged after father-of-two Mohammed Al-zufairi stabbed to death on busy high street

Patrick Grafton-Green
Stabbed to death: Father-of-two Mohammed Al-zufairi

A man has been charged with the murder of a father-of-two who was stabbed to death on a busy high street.

Femi Omotoso, 26, of Tudor Gardens, Wealdstone, was charged on Sunday with the murder of Mohammed Al-zufairi.

Mr Al-zufairi, 34, was knifed to death outside a branch of the Halifax bank opposite the recently closed police station on Wealdstone High Street shortly after rush hour on Monday.

He was rushed to hospital in a critical condition and underwent emergency surgery but died in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

A forensic tent at the scene in north west London

His brother, Ali, told the Standard the stabbing happened as Mr al-Zufairi's eight year old daughter bought sweets in a shop just yards away.

“I was nearby and received a call saying my brother had been stabbed", he said.

"I didn’t think it was serious but when I got there they were pumping his chest... It was a terrible scene I will never forget.”

He added: “My brother had just popped out to the shop to get a few things.

Mohammed Al-zufairi died in the early hours of Tuesday

"He was with his daughter who went to buy sweets in the pound shop.”

A post-mortem examination at Northwick Park Hospital on Wednesday gave cause of death as a single stab wound to the heart.

Omotoso will appear in custody at a London magistrates' court on Monday.

Any witnesses or anyone with information is urged to call the incident room on 020 8358 0200, or contact police on 101 or by tweeting @MetCC.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit the crimestoppers-uk.org website.