Somali Asylum seeker jailed for baseball bat attack
An asylum seeker from Harrow who repeatedly battered a student with a baseball bat while on bail for another violent attack just days earlier has been jailed indefinitely.
Mohamed Abdi launched the attack as his victim made his way home from university and carried on hitting him despite his pleas for mercy, the Old Bailey heard.
Syed Razvi, 21, a politics student at Birkbeck College, feared he was going to die as Abdi shouted: "I'm going to kill you."
Abdi only stopped when a passer-by intervened and told him to stop, and was picked up by police later that evening shouting nonsense and covered in blood.
Ten days earlier Abdi, who has a string of previous convictions for violence, had attacked a motorist with a traffic cone and was arrested.
But he was granted police bail and went on to attack Mr Razvi, the court heard.
Abdi, who was born in Somalia before moving to Germany and then the UK, was given an indeterminate sentence for public protection.
The 22-year-old, of Hinds Road, Harrow, north west London, was told he must serve at least three-and-a-half years. He pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent at an earlier hearing. The court heard he had previous convictions for violence and knife possession, including one occasion when he chased someone with a skewer.
The court was told Mr Razvi was attacked after making his way home from Harrow and Wealdstone station on April 20. The attack caused multiple cuts to the skull and a broken nose, and he is still receiving treatment.
Richard Thomas, defending, said Abdi was the "product of his upbringing", brought up during the civil war in Somalia, before turning to drink and drugs. He had been drinking cider, lager and whisky and had also taken cannabis and temazepam on the evening of the attack