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Issac Musoke stabbed Eric Salama during attempted robbery. Picture: Met Police


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An 18-year-old from Brentford has been convicted of stabbing a company chief executive during an attempted robbery in Kew.

Isaac Musoke of Perran Walk was found guilty of grievous bodily harm and attempted robbery following a trial which concluded at Kingston Crown Court on Tuesday, 22 June.

57-year-old Eric Salama who runs global market research firm Kantar TNS had to be rushed to hospital after receiving a knife wound on Royal Parade at 7.54am on Sunday 20 January 2019. His injuries were found to be not life-threatening.

Mr Salama, who is also a trustee of the British Museum, had been chatting with staff at a café when he returned to his car finding Musoke attempting to steal it. The teenager then stabbed him in the chest and Mr Salama had to crawl back to the café to get help.

Musoke was arrested on Thursday, 9 July on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm but later released on bail pending further enquiries.

A knife with the victim’s blood on it was recovered from the scene of the stabbing. A DNA match was also found on the handle of the weapon, matched to Isaac Musoke.

He was charged on Tuesday, 20 October with attempted robbery and Section 18 grievous bodily harm.

Victim - Eric Salama
Victim - Eric Salama. Picture: Twitter

Detective Constable Richard Roberts, who led the investigation, said, “This was an opportunistic crime that began as an attempted robbery but resulted in a violent stabbing. Thankfully, those injuries were not life threatening but I’m sure this incident will have had a long lasting impact on the victim.

“I hope that this conviction demonstrates that the Met will not tolerate any form of violent crime. We are determined to track down violent offenders and we will use all the tools at our disposal to bring them before the courts.”

Detective Inspector Grahame Horwood, from South West CID, added: “Tackling violent crime is a priority for the Met and we know all too well the heart breaking impact that knife crime can have on families and communities in London.

“It is vitally important that Londoners share any piece of information about knife crime they may have. I understand that picking up the phone to share what you know may feel hard, no matter how small or insignificant you think it is, but your information could prevent serious injury or save someone’s life.”

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June 25, 2021


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