An 18-year-old man who stabbed his classmate to death in a knife information course has been imprisoned for life.
Vladimir Nachev, then 17, stabbed Hakim Sila with a 10-inch knife at a community center in London last November.
Sila was stabbed twice in the chest and died at a hospital later that day, police said.
The two were enrolled in the Knife Crime Awareness Program at the Hillingdon Civic Center in Uxbridge for juveniles with previous gun crimes.
Despite the nature of the course, Nachev arrived in the center on November 7 with a knife hidden in it, the Royal Court of Islaworth heard.
After stabbing Silas, the teenager immediately fled the scene and “hid the 25-centimeter [10 inch] long Rambo-a knife in the woods near his home address, “police said.
Shortly afterwards, he was arrested and detained.
Nachev tried to claim that his actions were in self-defense. However, the court heard that he had already attacked Sila with a knife and sent him a series of insulting and threatening messages.
Murder detectives also found incriminating texts on Nachev̵
“I’m going to jail … I made a boss [stabbed] up hakz again inside yot “, Nachev had written.
The history of the teen’s Internet search also reveals evidence that he planned the attack.
Investigators found a series of Internet searches carried out on his phone in the month before the attack, under “deadly stabs”, “teen killers”, “moments teen killers chasing rival death by stabbing”, “gbh section 18”, “quadruple stabbing” for murder ”and“ a teenager convicted of stabbing ”.
And just days before Sila was stabbed, Nachev had been looking for knives, hunting knives, zombie knives, swords, samurai and knife boxes.
In court, Nachev claimed that his actions were in self-defense.
However, Detective Chief Inspector Vicki Tunstal of Met’s Special Crimes Command said the 18-year-old was a “very dangerous person”.
“The history of searches on Nachev’s mobile phone, shortly before the deadly stab wound, shows that he was an extremely dangerous man who intended to carry out a violent attack,” said Inspector Tunstal.
“Although this was a Knife Crime course, both Nachev and Hakim appeared with concealed weapons.
“Hakim’s death is another tragic example of a young life lost at the hands of another young man due to a seemingly trivial issue.”
In sentencing, Judge Pushpinder Saini QC described the situation as an “unprovoked attack of extreme violence” and said Nachev was “obsessed with knives”.
“The cruel irony of the fact that you took this weapon with you and used it on a course that was intended to give you information about the weapons hardly needs to be declared,” Judge Saini said according to court documents. Newsweek.
“[The victim] he did nothing and said nothing to make you attack him.
“After you killed Hakim, you left the center safely, hiding the weapon in your pants … you were obviously worried about what you had done.”
Nachev was charged with murder on November 8th and was remanded in custody until his trial in August this year.
He was found guilty of murder by jurors Monday at the Royal Court in Islaworth.
He was also found guilty of injuring another teenager with intent during the same incident.
Nachev is said to have smiled when he received his sentence, provoking emotional reactions from Sila’s family and friends.
Sila’s mother, Saranba Sila, described her son as her “friend and confidant.”
“This is a heavy burden for me and what I will carry for the rest of my life,” she told the court.
“Hakim was stolen from us in a provoked, brutal, malicious and cowardly attack.
“Hakim’s murder tore the very fabric of our family.
“In addition, this senseless attack on Hakim is a painful reminder of the knife crime epidemic that continues to ravage our society and bring untold sorrow and suffering to many families.
“This is a reminder that improving society is not an obligation that should be left to some, but a responsibility that should be shared by all.
“Hakim is my son, my friend and confidant. I will continue to live his legacy forever.”