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Teen jailed for stabbing friend to death over £30 breakfast loan

Yusef Al-Jaaf was sentenced to life at London’s Old Bailey.

Al-Jaaf borrowed £20 and asked for a further £10.
Al-Jaaf borrowed £20 and asked for a further £10.

A LONDON TEENAGER will spend at least 12.5 years in prison after pleading guilty to stabbing his friend to death in an argument over £30.

Yusef Al-Jaaf (19) killed his friend Basel Aghabra (19) on 3 February after Aghabra had lent Al-Jaaf £20 for breakfast.

London Metropolitan Police say that the two began to argue at a flat in Marleybone after Al-Jaaf asked for a further £10. The argument then turned violent and Aghabra suffered six separate stab wounds, most which were to the upper-body.

An ambulance was called to the flat following reports of a stabbing but paramedics who arrived at the scene could do nothing to save the young man.

An investigation was launched and Al-Jaaf later admitted to police that he was at the flat when the stabbing took place.

He plead guilty to the murder on Wednesday and today he was sentenced to life imprisonment the Old Bailey. He will spend a minimum term of 12.5 years in jail.

The Scales of Justice Yusef Al-Jaaf plead guilty to murdering his friend Basel Aghabra. Source: PA Images

“This was a brutal murder with multiple stab wounds inflicted following what was a trivial dispute over a small amount of money,” Detective inspector Jamie Stevenson said following sentencing.

“A heated argument has quickly escalated with tragic consequences. The only consolation to the family is that Al-Jaaf has done the decent thing and pleaded guilty, sparing the family the ordeal of a long and painful court case.”

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