Man jailed for life after murdering Walthamstow dad

Mohammad Raza Gulzar, 29, is survived by his wife and two young children

By Victoria Munro

Abraheem Sikander (credit: Met Police)

A man has been jailed for life after murdering a Walthamstow dad as he tried to defend his brother during a fight.

Mohammad Raza Gulzar, 29, lived with his wife and two young children in Walthamstow and was attacked just before 10.30pm on 17th June 2021.

Police were called to reports of a fight in High Road, Whetstone, in Barnet and found Mohammad with multiple knife wounds. 

Over a month later, police finally arrested the culprit: Abraheem Sikander, a 24-year-old from Barnet. He was found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey in November and sentenced last month.

Murder victim Mohammad Raza Gulzar (courtesy of Met Police)

On 13th January, Sikander was sentenced to life imprisonment and must serve a minimum of 21 years before he can be considered for parole. 

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Detective Chief Inspector Laurence Smith said: “Sikander is a dangerous man who is now behind bars for a considerable amount of time because of his violent actions.

“This was an extremely complex investigation which demanded the wide-ranging skills and total commitment of dedicated detectives, alongside a good deal of co-operation from partner organisations and local people in Whetstone.

“My message to men of violence is clear[…] if you kill or seriously injure someone on the streets of London or assist those involved in such crimes, Met officers have the tenacity and the technological tools to track you down and bring you to justice.”

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