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(Mirror) Oxford stabbing: Four men charged with murder as young victim named

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Monday, 11 March 2019

Oxford stabbing: Four men charged with murder as young victim named

Luciano Dos Santos, 22, died in hospital days after he was attacked in Southfield Road in Oxford
By
Chris Kitching

Police investigate the incident in Southfield Road in Oxford (Image: BBC)

Four men have been charged with murder after the death of a man who was hit by a vehicle and then stabbed.

The victim, who has now been formally identified as Luciano Dos Santos, was attacked in Southfield Road in Oxford on February 27.

The 22-year-old, who was from Southampton, died in hospital on Wednesday evening.

Thames Valley Police announced on Saturday that four men aged between 19 and 27, have been charged with murder.

They were named as Oxford residents Michael Yemane, 20, and Welid Solomon, 25, plus Sasan Mohammed Khalid, 19, of no fixed address, and 27-year-old Safeen Abdullah Karimi of Hode Garth, Thame.

Luciano Dos Santos, 22, died at John Radcliffe Hospital on Wednesday (Image: PA Archive/Press Association Images)

A police spokesperson said in a statement: "Following a Thames Valley Police investigation, four men have been charged with murder in connection with an incident in Southfield Road, Oxford, on February 27.

"Michael Yemane, aged 20, of South Bridge Row, Oxford, Welid Solomon, aged 25, of Field Avenue, Oxford, Sasan Mohammed Khalid, aged 19, of no fixed abode, and Safeen Abdullah Karimi, aged 27, of Hode Garth, Thame, were all charged with one count of murder on Friday.

"It follows an incident in Southfield Road when a 22-year-old man from Southampton was in collision with a car and then stabbed several times.

"The victim has now been formally identified as Luciano Dos Santos, aged 22, from Southampton.

"Mr Dos Santos’s family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers at this time.

"Mr Dos Santos was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford after the incident, but sadly died on Wednesday evening."

"The four men charged with murder were due to appear before Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Saturday." 

Four men charged with murder after Oxford stabbing appear in court

Murder suspects appear in court
Murder suspects appear in court

THE four men charged with murder after a stabbing attack in east Oxford have appeared in court.

At around 3pm, Michael Yemane, 20, of South Bridge Row, Oxford, Welid Solomon, 25, of Field Avenue, Oxford, Sasan Mohammed Khalid, 19, of no fixed abode, and Safeen Abdullah Karimi, 27, of Hode Garth, Thame were brought in front of Judge Ian Pringle for a hearing.

It comes as the mother of Luciano Dos Santos released an emotional tribute to her son.

A packed public gallery watched on as the four, dressed in grey prison tracksuits, spoke only to confirm their names.

None applied for bail and were all remanded in custody.

They will next appear for a plea hearing and trial preparation on Friday, April 5.

A provisional date for any trial has been set for Monday, September, 2 and the court expects it could last between four and six weeks.

Representing Khalid, defence barrister Alistair Grainger said his client would require Kurdish translation at the next hearing.

Karimi's representative Julian Lynch said he would also require Kurdish translation.

Yemane will require translation from a language spoken in Eritrea, according to his barrister Lyall Thompson.


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