Drug dealer found guilty of murdering Abdul Deghayes in Brighton

Posted On 09 Oct 2020 at 3:23 pm

A drug dealer has been found guilty of murdering Abdul Deghayes in Brighton after stabbing him eight times in a fight.

Abdul Deghayes

Daniel Macleod said that he had acted in self-defence but a jury at Southwark Crown Court returned a guilty verdict this afternoon (Friday 9 October).

The jury cleared fellow drug dealer Stephen Burns of helping Macleod to cover up the murder.

The unanimous verdicts were returned after a five-week trial and just over a day after the jury retired.

Abdulrahman “Abdul” Deghayes, also known as A1, died at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, in Brighton, at 6am on Sunday 17 February last year. He was 22.

Deghayes, of Chadborn Close, Brighton, was stabbed in a fight shortly before 9.30pm the night before outside Hanover Court, in Wellington Road, Brighton, off the bottom of Elm Grove, opposite St Joseph’s Church.

He and a friend – Colby Broderick, of Falcon Court, Swanborough Drive, Whitehawk – had gone to buy some cocaine.

Macleod, 37, of Gipsy Road, south London, said that Deghayes had a knife and tried to rob him and the pair got into a fight.

Macleod admitted stabbing Deghayes but pleaded self-defence.

He will be sentenced at Southwark on Friday 30 October or on Friday 13 November.

Macleod had already admitted drug dealing – as had Burns, 56, of Lennox Street, Brighton, and another man, Abdi Dahir, 24, of Meadowview, Brighton. They sold cannabis, ecstasy and cocaine.

All three will be sentenced at the same time.

Daniel Macleod

Judge Nicholas Hilliard remanded Macleod in custody and bailed Burns, who listened to the verdict from a courtroom at Hove Crown Court.

Two of Abdul Deghayes’s brothers were killed fighting in Syria. His twin Abdullah, 18, died in 2016 and his younger brother Jaffar, 17, was killed in October 2014 while trying to overthrow President Bashar Al-Assad’s government.

His older brother, Amer, is believed to still be in Syria or the surrounding area.

  1. Sam Reply

    Why would you mention the victim family previous
    Death history, as it’s completely in relevant?
    Unless you are trying to justify the murderer action
    By showing the victim family background as
    They have traveled to Syria.
    We all know how the general public feels
    About the war in Syria.

  2. Peter Reuben Reply

    If drugs were legalised, incidents like this would stop. But we will remain stuck in the dark ages for a long time yet, with our out-dated system of ‘democracy’.

  3. Noah itall Reply

    Colby Broderick set Abdul up as Abdul had previously robbed Abdi Dahir and “frank” wanted revenge. Colby Broderick is the lowest of the low and should be on a life sentence for conspiracy to murder. This is far from justice!!

  4. Billy Reply

    The family of the victim should sue the Met police. Danny stabbed,raped and maimed people all over South London, he was put of a armed robbery gang and a drug importer. The Met knew, had mutliple witnesses, evidence, and videos, but they let him go so they could go after his drug runners instead. He should have got life at least 10 years ago.

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