A drug dealer who stabbed a customer to death has been sentenced to life with a minimum term 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 to be killed after two of his brothers died fighting in Syria.
During Macleod’s sentencing at Southwark Crown Court in London, Mr Deghayes’ father said he accepted the killer’s “grief”.
Abubaker Deghayes addressed Macleod directly in court, saying in his victim impact statement, “You’ve looked me in the eye many times and I remember saying you’re sorry. I want to consider that at first sight. ‘
He said, “I accept your grief,” but added that it was on the condition that Macleod would be willing to work together to form a “trust” in his son’s name to help drug addicts.
Lambeth, South London drug dealer Macleod seemed shocked when Judge Nicholas Hilliard jailed him for life, with a minimum term of 19 years, less the 630 days he has already spent in custody.
Macleod was wearing a blue suit and glasses and was silent while the verdict was passed.
During his murder trial, the jury learned that the exact motive for the murder might never be known.
On the night of the stabbing, Mr. Deghayes and his friend Colby Broderick had agreed with Macleod to buy cocaine outside an apartment building.
But when the victim left his car to make the deal, Macleod attacked him.
Although he managed to get back to Mr. Broderick’s vehicle, Mr. Deghayes passed out and died in hospital from blood loss the next day. He sustained eight stab wounds, including several serious injuries to his legs and buttocks.
Macleod denied murder, claimed he was acting in self-defense, and said he was “ashamed” of his involvement in the drug trade.
But a jury found him guilty of one murder after eight hours and 11 minutes of deliberation.
A second defendant, 56-year-old Stephen Burns, of Lennox Street, Brighton, was found not guilty of assisting a perpetrator after he was accused of helping Macleod flee flights and concealing evidence.
He and Macleod previously pleaded guilty to two conspiracies to supply Class A drugs, namely cocaine and ecstasy, and one conspiracy to supply Class B drugs, namely cannabis.
Police discovered more than £ 100,000 worth of drugs in a raid on an address linked to Macleod, the court heard.
Philip Evans QC, extenuatingly, said Macleod was “afraid” of returning to prison after being previously assaulted in custody.
Macleod was sentenced to 85 months in prison for the Class A drug offenses and 41 months for the Class B offenses, both of which will run concurrently with his life term.
Burns, who appeared in court on crutches, was sentenced to two years and 10 months in prison for the drug offenses.
Philippa McAtasney QC, extenuating Burns, described him as a “classic canine body” whose “naivety and gullibility was exploited”.
A third defendant Abdi Dahir, 25, of Meadowview, Brighton, was also sentenced to four years and two months after being found guilty of two charges of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and one conspiracy to supply Class B drugs .
Kevin Light, extenuatingly for Dahir, said the suspect had “legitimately” started earning a living after his arrest in February 2018.
Wearing a purple top – his son’s favorite color – Mr Deghayes ‘father said in his statement:’ With the loss of Abdul, Daniel Macleod becomes a total loser.
“Drugs and drug money are tainted with invisible blood. Drug dealers, poisoners, are ultimately looking for visible blood to satisfy their addiction for the destruction of others.”
He described his son as a “cheerful” character, but added that he was not an “innocent angel” either.
Two teenage brothers of Mr Deghayes, including his twin brother, died fighting in Syria.
Abdullah was murdered in 2016 at the age of 18, while their brother Jaffar, 17, was murdered in 2014 as he attempted to overthrow Bashar Assad’s government.
They are survived by a fourth brother, Amer, a former financial student who also traveled to Syria.