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‘I’ve made myself famous’: Leyton hostel murderer jailed

Mahi Noor, 25, killed a fellow resident at his Lea Bridge Road hostel after an argument over text

Mahi Noor (credit: Met Police)

A Leyton man who murdered a fellow resident of his Lea Bridge Road hostel after an argument over text was jailed for life today.

Mahi Noor, 25, murdered 32-year-old Abdi Khadar Adan on 22nd August in 2021, less than a month after the older man had moved in.

Abdi was already regularly texting Noor just over a week after he arrived at the hostel on 24th July and it was suggested in court that Noor may have been supplying him with weed.

However, within weeks, the pair had begun to fall out. On 22nd August, after a protracted argument where Abdi continuously tried to get inside his killer’s room, he was finally let in only to be stabbed in the neck. 

Following Noor’s sentencing today, Detective Chief Inspector Larry Smith said: “It is extremely sad that Abdi lost his life in a horrific act of violence all over some heated text messages. Violence is never the answer, and we will robustly target and bring to justice anyone who thinks it is.”

The Old Bailey previously heard that Abdi and Noor first argued over text on 11th August, after Abdi texted his eventual killer telling him to be a man and “bust his head”. Texts exchanged between the pair made it clear Noor had previously threatened Abdi with violence. 

After this, their messages continued with no arguments and were mainly about weed until conflict arose again on the day of Abdi’s murder. Shortly before 2pm that day, Abdi went to Noor’s room and left almost half an hour later. He returned three minutes later but was not let inside. 

For the next 25 minutes, Abdi continuously tried to get a hold of Noor by knocking on his door, calling his phone and looking up at his room from the hostel’s courtyard. Noor eventually texted Abdi to ask “what’s going on” at 2.30pm and the pair continued to text, with Noor warning Abdi to “remember where he rests his head”. 

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Abdi continued to try to enter Noor’s room and, at around 4pm, went into the courtyard and shouted up at Noor’s room: “Why tell me to come up if you’re not going to open the door?”

Around twenty minutes later, Noor finally let Abdi into his room, which is when he was fatally stabbed. Abdi left bleeding heavily from his neck and staggered to the reception, where he asked staff to call him an ambulance. 

Noor and another hostel resident Kieran McHugh, a 31-year-old with whom he shared a close friendship, fled the scene shortly after and ran to Manor Road.

Kieran McHugh (credit: Met Police)

McHugh hid a knife in some shrubs while Noor kept watch but police were later able to find the weapon, which was covered in Abdi’s blood and Noor’s DNA. 

McHugh returned to the hostel and was arrested the following day on 23rd August. Noor was found and arrested two days later in North London, having given police a fake name. 

While waiting to be booked into custody, Noor made a comment to officers saying: “Congratulations, I’ve made myself famous.”

Following a trial, Noor was found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey on 24th January and sentenced to life imprisonment – with a minimum term of 20 years – today.

McHugh pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to perverting the course of justice by helping Noor hide the weapon and was given a 20-month sentence today. He will be detained at a specialist facility under the Mental Health Act.

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