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81-year-old admits manslaughter of Alexander Lloyd, 20, following stabbing in Cambridge in 2003

An 81-year-old man has pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to manslaughter after stabbing a man in Cambridge 17 years ago.

Bakri Siraj-Eldin, 81, attacked 20-year-old Alexander Lloyd with a knife on the forecourt of a filling station in Hills Road on September 4, 2003.

Alexander Lloyd died following an assault in Cambridge in 2003 (42741520)
Alexander Lloyd died following an assault in Cambridge in 2003 (42741520)

Mr Lloyd, from Barrington, was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital and survived but suffered irreversible brain damage and paralysis due to blood loss.

Siraj-Eldin was convicted of wounding with intent and was sentenced to 10 years in jail in September 2004,

However, in 2017 Mr Lloyd died and a pathologist concluded Mr Lloyd’s brain damage was a direct consequence of the stab wound to his heart.

Siraj-Eldin, of Dene Lodge, Borough Green, Sevenoaks, pleaded guilty to manslaughter today (October 16) at the Old Bailey and was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for 18 months.

The judge took into account the time he had already served and his guilty plea.

He commended the work of major crime unit officers Det Chief Insp Jerry Waite, Det Sgt Gordon Blair, Det Con Denise Brown and Det Con Jon Forman.

Det Chief Insp Waite said: “This was a very complex case with ultimately tragic consequences and our deepest sympathies are with Alexander’s family. They have behaved with great bravery and dignity throughout the case and a protracted legal process and I cannot begin to imagine the huge emotional impact it must have had on them.

“Siraj-Eldin attacked Alex with a knife and stabbed him to the heart so it is only chance and the actions of the paramedics and medical professionals at Addenbrooke’s Hospital that meant he was not prosecuted for killing Alexander in 2003.

“When Mr Lloyd sadly died in 2017 it was clear from the evidence there was a direct causal link between the attack and his death nearly 14 years later and that was the advice we received from experts. I welcome the fact justice has been done today but recognise it is likely to bring no consolation to Alexander’s grieving family.”

The attack on Mr Lloyd followed an incident in April 2003, in which Mr Lloyd had allegedly assaulted Siraj-Eldin’s son Karl Eldin. Siraj-Eldin then threatened to kill Mr Lloyd, the court heard.

Mr Lloyd and his friend Ian Watters were on the forecourt of the Shell garage on the night of the attack when he flagged down Mr Eldin, who was driving past.

The pair agreed to fight and Mr Eldin returned a short while later.

Mr Lloyd punched the other man and at this point Siraj-Eldin drove up and parked, then walked directly up to Mr Lloyd and stabbed him.

The fighting continued, with Mr Lloyd punching his attacker and Mr Watters fighting Mr Eldin. Siraj-Eldin also tried to stab Mr Watters, but the younger man fought him off.

The court heard Siraj-Eldin went back to his car and returned with a large drill bit in his right hand and the knife in his left hand and started to attack again but was again fended off.

Mr Lloyd was by now slumped on nearby railings and the emergency services arrived.

Despite paramedics’ attempts to resuscitate him, Mr Lloyd’s heart stopped beating because he had lost so much blood.

The brain damage he suffered meant he could not talk or swallow, was fed through a tube and required 24-hour care.

He was admitted to hospital due to a chest infection and problems with his feeding tube and died on March 21, 2017.

A forensic pathologist later concluded Mr Lloyd’s brain damage was the direct consequence of the stab wound to his heart.

There was no evidence for any potential break in causation.

Siraj-Eldin was also charged with assaulting Mr Watters and violent disorder, for which he received concurrent sentences in 2004.

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