Man murdered his friend

A man who stabbed his friend to death in an argument over drugs has been jailed.

Azeem Issa, aged 22, of Haweswater House, Isleworth, was sentenced to life to serve a minimum of 20 years’ for the murder of Sahil Roy, 28, who died after being stabbed in Summerwood Road, Isleworth, on Sunday 10 April.

Issa was jailed at the Old Bailey on Thursday, 29 September after he was convicted on Monday, 26 September, at the same court.

The court heard that Issa met up with some of his acquaintances, including the victim, outside Mr Roy’s block of flats to smoke some cannabis.

Before the meeting, Issa was said to be in an agitated mood and was desperate to find Mr Roy. Earlier that day he had made several attempts to contact the victim, including turning up at his flat.

The two finally met later that day and there was an altercation over the drugs. Mr Roy told Issa to ‘”just relax”.

Issa then pushed Mr Roy before pulling out a concealed knife. He stabbed the victim in his shoulder and neck and then fled the scene.

Mr Roy’s parents, brother and sister were called and rushed down from the flat where they found him collapsed and bleeding. He died in his mother’s arms.

Issa was arrested by police at his home address later that evening and charged with Mr Roy’s murder on 12 April.

Mr Roy was described by friends and family as a “nice, funny, soft, selfless man”. He was engaged to be married to his girlfriend of eight years and had an appointment for a suit fitting for their wedding the week after he died.

Investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Diane Tudway said: “This was a brutal attack which saw a young man, who was due to be married, lose his life and his family have been left heartbroken.

“Our thoughts are with Mr Roy’s family and friends and we hope that today’s sentence will provide them with some small measure of solace.”

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