Dad savagely stabbed on school run heartbroken after bailed attacker went on to kill

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A dad-of-three who was savagely stabbed with a machete while on the school run was “heartbroken” to learn his attacker had gone on to commit murder.

Russell Molloy, 31, was left with a gaping wound after the blade sliced through his right wrist during the broad daylight assault in Highgate, Birmingham, just before Christmas last year.

Knifeman Louai Ali was arrested over the attack but was released and weeks later, while on bail, plunged a zombie dagger into aspiring accountant Sidali Mohamed’s chest as he stood outside his college.

‘Honourable’ Sidali, 16, had fled warn-torn Somalia as a toddler, Birmingham Live reports.

Chilling CCTV footage showed aspiring boxer Ali, 17, loitering outside the building on February 13 as he conceals a knife. After a brief exchange of words with Sidali, he punches him in the face – breaking his jaw.

As the two brawl on the ground, Sidali is fatally stabbed.

Russell Molloy was attacked on the school run

Laoui Ali was jailed for 19 years

 

Sidali staggered away and collapsed inside the college grounds where staff battled to save him. He was rushed to hospital where he died of his injuries two days later.

Last week, Ali was found guilty of murdering Sidali, and the unrelated wounding of Russell in December 2018.

Now, speaking for the first time, Russell tells of the horrific moment he discovered his attacker had gone on to murder.

He admits he has ‘forgiven’ Ali, despite the continuing trauma of the attack.

Victim Sidali Mohamed

The zombie knife used in the attack on Sidali

 

“It’s left me traumatised and heartbroken. Louai was on bail for stabbing me when he murdered Sidali Mohamed. That could have been me,” he said.

“When I heard he was responsible for that I was devastated. I felt like it was my fault. He is a danger to society. He is only 17 and has already stabbed me and murdered a teenager.

“I knew after what he did to me that he was capable of something a lot worse and he did it.

“He shouldn’t have been allowed out on bail.”

Russell had been on his way to collect his girlfriend’s young son from nursery in December last year when Louai lashed out on St Luke’s Road.

Russell says he was “heartbroken” to hear the news

 

The pair, both from Highgate, knew each other from the area and had been involved in a minor ‘verbal altercation’ days before.

But Russell says he was ‘totally taken aback’ when the 17-year-old pulled a machete from his waistband and cornered him – in broad daylight.

“I was leaving the flat in the early hours and there was a group of lads all blocking the stairwell,” Russell explained.

“I recognised Louai as I asked them to leave – he said ‘this is my block’.

“A few days later I came across him again as I walked to the shop around the corner. He was on his bike and stopped to threaten me.

“I went and spoke to his parents who I know as they live nearby, they were sympathetic and understanding and I thought it was the right thing to do.

“Then on December 19, I was on the school run when I caught sight of him again. I told him I didn’t have time for his childish games but he pulled a bat out from his waistband.

“I managed to grab it from him and threw it over a fence next to me. He wasn’t happy and kept following me as I headed to fetch my girlfriend’s little boy from school.

“All of a sudden I heard him shout “NOW” – he pulled out a machete and started waving it around.

“I legged it but slipped on a grass verge, he had me cornered. I managed to grab his arm and tried to disarm him. I was trying to deflect him as he seemed to be aiming for my stomach.

“It all happened so fast. I felt a ‘nick’ on my arm but spotted a gap and managed to run from Louai. I ran towards my mum’s house and it wasn’t until I got inside and felt the blood dripping from my arm that I realised how bad it was.

“The machete had gone totally through my right arm – as soon as I saw it I felt like passing out.

“My mum and nan were there. They were terrified, but applied pressure until the ambulance service arrived. They couldn’t believe it.”

Russell’s scar from the attack

 

Russell was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where, just three days before Christmas, he underwent surgery to fix the damaged tendons to his right thumb and forefinger.

He was continuing to recover at home when, in February, he heard Louai had been ‘involved’ in another stabbing.

He said: “I heard rumours he’d done it again. Eventually it was confirmed and I couldn’t believe it.

“I feel so lucky that I have survived to tell the tale, but it doesn’t make it easier.

“I sent my condolences to Sidali’s family and I met them at the trial. They were traumatised. I sat with Louai’s parents to show my support for them.

“I went near enough every day to the trial. It was nerve-wracking giving evidence as it was the first time I’d properly talked about what had happened.

“I still have flashbacks, but I’ve tried so hard to shut it all out. I am so relieved he is behind bars.

“I am not worried about the scar on my arm but I’m scarred inside. I’ve not been able to work since – the attacks have had a devastating affect on so many people. But I forgive him – it’s the noble thing to do.”

On Monday, Ali was sentenced to 19 years in jail for murdering Sidali and for the attack on Russell.

A statement from West Midlands Police read: “The 17-year-old aspiring boxer was on bail for another wounding that had taken place in Highgate, Birmingham, in December 2018, when he stabbed a man as he walked down the street.

“A jury at Birmingham Crown Court found Ali guilty of murder. He was also found guilty of the unrelated wounding and possession of an offensive weapon from December.”

Sidali’s grieving family remember their son as “an ambitious young man with his whole life ahead of him”.

In a statement they said he was an “honourable young man who strived to do his best” for his family, “who came from poverty as they fled from a war-torn country when he was just a toddler”.

“He was a son, a brother, a cousin, a nephew and an amazing friend,” they continued.

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Russell was sliced with a machete

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Supt Edward Foster, who led the investigation, said: “Ali was already on bail after he was involved in a stabbing in December, but still chose to carry a knife.

“It is always a choice to carry a knife and I cannot stress enough the dangers and implications it can have. In this case, that decision on both occasions has ruined many people’s lives and traumatised many young people who witnessed a truly horrific attack.

“My thoughts remain with Sidali’s family and friends at this difficult time.

“West Midlands Police is committed to working to deter young people from carrying knives and have recently launched Project Guardian which is aimed at educating young people and combating youth violence.

“As a force we cannot prevent youth violence alone. We need parents, community leaders, schools and young people themselves to pass on the message that it is never ok to carry or use a knife.”



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