Express & Star

'His family may never know why': Callous killer found guilty of stabbing former friend to death

A man who claimed he killed his former friend in self-defence has been convicted of murder.

Last updated
Tarik Al-Mitheab was found guilty of murder and will be sentenced on June 7. Photo: West Midlands Police

Tarik Al-Mitheab was found guilty of the murder of Mahmoud Alabdullah, who was stabbed and killed as he got out of his car on a street in Bordesley Gree, Birmingham in November 2023.

Al-Mitheab was found guilty after a four-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court, despite the 22-year-old claiming to have stabbed Mr Alabdullah in self-defence when he was arrested and charged with murder.

The murder investigation was launched after a passer-by found 28-year-old Mr Alabdullah slumped in his car in Cherrywood Road, in the early hours of November 5 last year, with a forensic post-mortem exam revealing that he had died from a stab wound to the abdomen.

The court heard how he had driven to Cherrywood Road to visit a friend and 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 and as the victim opened his car door, the 22-year-old launched towards him, stabbing him.