A drug dealer who stabbed a customer was jailed for life with a minimum of 19 years.
Abdul Deghayes, 22, died of massive blood loss after being stabbed eight times by 37-year-old Daniel Macleod in the Elm Grove area of Brighton on February 16 last year.
The victim was the third of his parents’ four sons who were killed after two of his brothers died fighting in Syria.
Speaking at Macleod’s conviction at Southwark Crown Court in London on Friday, Deghayes’ father said he accepted the killer’s “grief”.
Addressing Macleod directly in court, Abubaker Deghayes said in his statement on the impact of the victim: “You looked me in the eyes many times and I remember you saying you were sorry Take face value. “
He said, “I accept your grief,” but added that Macleod would be willing to work together to “build a trust” in his son’s name to help addicts.
Macleod, a drug dealer from Lambeth, south London, appeared shocked when Judge Nicholas Hilliard imprisoned him with a minimum of 19 years for life, minus the 630 days he had already been in custody.
Macleod wore a blue suit and glasses and was silent when the verdict was pronounced.
During his murder trial, the jury heard that the exact motive for the murder may never be known.
On the night of the knife stab, Mr Deghayes and his friend Colby Broderick had agreed to meet with Macleod to buy cocaine outside an apartment block.
But when the victim got out of his car to go through the deal, Macleod attacked him.
Although he managed to get back to Mr. Broderick’s vehicle, Mr. Deghayes passed out and died of blood loss in the hospital the next day. He suffered eight stab wounds, including several serious injuries to his legs and buttocks.
Macleod denied the murder, claiming he was acting in self-defense and saying he was ashamed of his involvement in the drug trade.
However, a jury found him guilty of murder after eight hours and eleven minutes of deliberation.
A second defendant, Stephen Burns, 56, of Lennox Street in Brighton, was found not guilty of assisting a perpetrator after being accused of helping Macleod escape the scene and hiding evidence.
He and Macleod had previously pleaded guilty to two conspiracy cases for the supply of class A drugs, namely cocaine and ecstasy, and a conspiracy to supply class B drugs, namely cannabis.
Police discovered more than £ 100,000 worth of drugs during a raid on an address linked to Macleod, the court heard.
Philip Evans QC mitigated by saying Macleod was “afraid” of going back to prison after being assaulted in custody.
Macleod was sentenced to 85 months in prison for Class A drug offenses and 41 months in prison for Class B offenses. Both are sentenced to life imprisonment at the same time.
Burns, who appeared in court on crutches, was sentenced to two years and ten months in prison for drug offenses.
Philippa McAtasney QC, who tempered Burns, described it as a “classic dog body” whose “naivete and gullibility were exploited”.
A third defendant, Abdi Dahir, 25, of Meadowview, Brighton, was also sentenced to four years and two months in prison after pleading guilty to two Class A drug delivery conspiracies and one Class B drug delivery conspiracy would have.
Kevin Light, who defused Dahir, said the defendant “legitimately” made a living after his arrest in February 2018.
In a purple top – his son’s favorite color – Deghayes’ father said in his statement: “With the loss of Abdul, Daniel Macleod becomes a total loser.
“Drugs and drug money are contaminated with invisible blood. Drug dealers, poison dealers, end up looking for visible blood to satisfy their addiction to destroying others.”
He described his son as a “joyful” character, but added that he was not an “innocent angel” either.
Two of Mr Deghayes’ teenage brothers, including his twin, died fighting in Syria.
Abdullah was killed in 2016 at the age of 18, while her 17-year-old brother Jaffar was killed in 2014 while trying to overthrow the government of Bashar Assad.
They are survived by a fourth brother, Amer, a former finance student who also traveled to Syria.