(LONDON) Old Bailey Court Report: A drug addict who murdered a man while on bail for a “vicious” axe attack has been jailed for life #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.21: Richard Hand stabbed 37-year-old Yassar Moussa in the neck on 22 August last year then dumped his naked body in a park in Walthamstow, east London…..

#AceDailyNews says according to BBC News Richard Hand murder case: Man bailed for axe attack went on to kill: The 43-year-old was also found guilty of attempted murder and having an offensive weapon in relation to the attack on Mr Bennett in Streatham Hill, south London, in January 2020.

Richard Hand
Richard Hand denied murder – but gave away key details to police that only the killer could know

At the time of the killing, Hand had been on bail charged with attacking Graeme Bennett with an axe eight months earlier.

Hand was jailed at the Old Bailey for a minimum of 30 years.

Mr Moussa’s partner, Lauren Battye, said he had been “failed” by the criminal justice system.

“If he (Hand) had not been released from prison, this would not have happened.”

Met PoliceYassar Moussa was attacked while visiting Richard Hand’s house

Mr Moussa was visiting Hand at his home in Falmouth Way, Walthamstow, on the day of the attack.

An examination of his body found a wound to Mr Moussa’s knee, suggesting a failed attempt at dismemberment.

Afterwards, Hand attempted to cover his tracks by stripping Mr Moussa’s body and covering him in bleach before stuffing him in a suitcase.

‘Chance discovery’

The next day, Hand was caught on CCTV dragging a heavy suitcase to St James Park where Mr Moussa’s body was found in heavy undergrowth.

It was only by chance the body was discovered, on 24 August 2020, as Environment Agency workers cut back the undergrowth in the park for the first time in 10 years.

Hand denied being responsible for the killing of Mr Moussa, whom he knew as a fellow drug user.

When officers spoke to Hand, he claimed to have heard the victim was strangled or stabbed in the neck and dumped naked – details that were not publicly known.

Mr Moussa’s blood was identified inside the defendant’s flat and on his clothes.

Google Environment Agency workers found the body of Yassar Moussa by chance while cutting the grass in St James Park in Walthamstow

The previous attack, on Mr Bennett, happened at the victim’s home, where Hand launched the axe attack “out of the blue”.

Mr Bennett, 43, who had invited Hand to help him hang some pictures, was struck twice to the head and suffered a fractured skull.

#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: Oct.21: 2021:

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