Hannad Hasan was sentenced to life in prison with at least 13 years after stabbing Kiyan Prince in front of his school in 2006. The killer allegedly had a parole hearing
The Somali killer of talented footballer Kiyan Prince could soon be released from prison but not deported.
Hannad Hasan was sentenced to life in prison with at least 13 years after stabbing Kiyan in front of his school in 2006.
Hasan, now 31, is said to be on parole hearing after attempts to approve his deportation to Somalia failed.
15-year-old Kiyan, who played for the Queens Park Rangers youth team, was killed after intervening in an altercation between a friend and Hasan.
His father Mark, 52, a former boxing champion, asked permission to read his statement about the victim’s influence on the parole hearing.
He said: “I am convinced that the young man who killed my son had many challenges because the prison has its own culture, laws and rules.
“When they let him into our country, his mindset was obviously difficult because he urinated in front of a teacher, threatened to stab a girl on a bus, and finally stabbed my son in the heart.
“Has he changed? How did that turn out? Was he an exemplary prisoner? Did he educate himself? Does he have new goals, dreams and hopes? Is it still a threat to your peers? Has he changed his mindset?
“The public deserves an answer to these questions before the right decision can be made to let it go among us, or the community would be somewhere in danger.”
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The exiled Hasan, who was jealous of Kiyan’s popularity, stabbed him several times in the chest at London’s Edgware Academy in north London.
Mark’s faith in God later inspired him to found the Kiyan Prince Foundation. He said: “Our goal is to empower, inspire and motivate and create employment opportunities for 100,000 young people to use their lives with their talents and avoid the negative ways of thinking that lead young people to carry knives.”
Mark said the family successfully applied for Hasan’s expulsion after the end of his sentence, but the decision was recently overturned.
He said this “caused confusion and stress in all of us without good explanation or reason from the authorities”.
He added: “Kiyan’s mom, Tracy Cumberbatch, is afraid to see [Hasan] again, and the knowledge that he could be released causes her a lot of anxiety. “
The hearing is scheduled for the end of this month, and the decision is expected to be in mid-February.
A spokesman for the parole commission confirmed that Hasan’s case had been forwarded to them and was pending.