Drug dealer Daniel Macleod Gets Life For Murdering Customer

DRUG dealer who stabbed a punter to death has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 19 years.

Abdul Deghayes, 22, died from massive blood loss after being knifed 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.

Speaking at Macleod’s sentencing at Southwark Crown Court in London on Friday, Mr Deghayes’ father said he accepted the killer’s “sorrow”.

Addressing Macleod directly in court, Abubaker Deghayes said in his victim impact statement: “You looked me in the eyes many times and I remember you said you are sorry. I want to take that at face value.”

He said: “I accept your sorrow,” but added it was on the condition that Macleod would be willing to jointly form a “trust” in his son’s name to help drug addicts.

Drug dealer Macleod, of Lambeth, south London, appeared shocked as judge Nicholas Hilliard jailed him for life, with a minimum term of 19 years, less the 630 days he has already spent in custody.

Wearing a blue suit and glasses, Macleod remained silent as the sentence was delivered.

During his murder trial, the jury heard the exact motive for the killing may never be known.

On the night of the stabbing, Mr Deghayes and his friend Colby Broderick had arranged to meet Macleod to buy cocaine outside a block of flats.

But when the victim left his car to conduct the deal, Macleod attacked him- he managed to return to Mr Broderick’s vehicle, Mr Deghayes lost consciousness and died in hospital the next day from blood loss. He suffered eight stab wounds, including several major injuries to his legs and buttocks.

Macleod denied murder, claiming he was acting in self-defence, and said he was “ashamed” at his involvement in the drug trade.

But a jury found him guilty of one count of murder following eight hours and 11 minutes of deliberations.

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