131 years for murder of Hani

Mary Cody

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Mary Cody

The violent killers who murdered a young man with strong Kilkenny roots were jailed for 131 years last month.

The violent killers who murdered a young man with strong Kilkenny roots were jailed for 131 years last month.

Hani Hicham Abou El Kheir is the son of Pauline Hickey and the grandson of Tom and Bridget Hickey, who now live in Clara.

His remains were brought home following his murder and he was buried in Clara, close to his grandparent’s house.

Speaking after the verdict was handed down, Hani’s mother Pauline Hickey said she still pines for her only child “every day”.

“I cannot face the truth of Hani’s death and I cannot get over the devastating image of my son lying dead in the hospital,” she said.

Police have also released footage of the moment a Hani Hicham Abou El Kheir was chased down by a gang of vicious thugs who hacked him to death in an attempt to get information and bring more people to justice.

The footage shows Hani walking home with his girlfriend and a friend on the night he was brutally murdered.

The 16-year-old is pictured near a wall in Pimlico’s Churchill Gardens Estate on January 27 last year as a 10-strong gang of masked and armed men run down the road behind him. But they finally caught up with the boy and launched a “frenzied attack” on him, stabbing and hacking at him 30 times with knives and meat cleavers.

Arber Barbatovci, 20, of Pimlico; Ahmed Mikhaimar, 20, of Vauxhall Bridge Road; Tarquai Joseph, 19, of Maida Vale and a 20-year-old man from Camberwell, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were found guilty of murder on January 28 – a day after the one-year anniversary of Hani’s death.

All four were jailed for life and told they would spend at least 26 years behind bars.A fifth gang member, 26-year-old Craig Boyce, of Paddington was also found guilty of murder and ordered to serve a minimum of 27 years.

Police are offering a £20,000 reward for information about others involved in Hani’s murder.

The Hickeys are a well known family around Gowran, Dungarvan and Goresbridge.