Mohammed Yusuf – possible life sentence for murder, or have the Daily...

Mohammed Yusuf – possible life sentence for murder, or have the Daily Mail got it wrong?




On 18th October 2013 police were called to an address in Neasden after a carer had reported that one of the women she looked after had been attacked. Amoe Stevens was taken to hospital but died shortly afterwards of her injuries.

Her son in law, Mohammud Yusuf, was quickly arrested. He lived with Ms Stevens daughter (Margaret) and their two children. It was alleged that after Margaret had left the house, Mr Yusuf attacked her mother – it seems that this was not the first occasion that this had happened.

The prosecution stated that there was a sexual motive for this, and put forward evidence that Mr Yusuf had an ‘obsession with violent pornography’ and his mobile phone had ‘searches for pornographic videos showing violent rape, gang rape and incest’.

On 2nd June 2014 Mr Yusuf was unanimously convicted of murder. Sentence was adjourned until Friday.


What’s he going to get?

The Daily Mail state that Mr Yusuf was “warned he could face life imprisonment for the crime”. I can tell any Mail readers (and its editor) that they will be pleased – I will stake a lot of money on the fact that he will get a life sentence, as this is the mandatory sentence for murder.

The real question will be what tariff does Mr Yusuf get? We have a factsheet here, but it may be that what the Mail was talking about was that the Judge was considering a ‘whole life tariff’. Is he in line for that?

We doubt it. Looking at the comments of the Judge – “This lady suffered the most agonising death imaginable … I have never come across such a factual background of a case like this”, Mr Yusuf will get a very long tariff, but we would suggest that this is not whole life territory. It may well be a murder ‘involving sexual or sadistic conduct‘, which would give a starting point of 30 years.

We don’t know anything about Mr Yusuf’s background, but we would imagine that the ultimate tariff will be about that as it is likely that the Judge will conclude that the link is made.

It’s in our diary to have a look at again on Friday.


Dan is a barrister at 2 Dr. Johnson’s Buildings practising in crime.