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Mum gets compo over son’s alleged murder

Mum gets compo over son’s alleged murder

The mother of a man whose skeletal remains were found in a bush grave months after his killer fled Perth for Somalia has been awarded $23,000 in criminal injuries compensation.

Abdullahi Mohamed Igal, 25, was found buried behind a sports centre in Mirrabooka in October 2015 after Cabdi Qadir Farah admitted to village elders in Somalia he had stabbed Mr Igal to death five months earlier.

Mr Igal’s mother, Ruun Ahmed Awad, said the circumstances in which her son was found was distressing.

“It’s the horrific condition of his remains that were found that really has have me bed bounded,” she said.

Criminal Injuries Compensation chief assessor Helen Porter ruled Ms Awad had suffered psychological injury as a consequence of her son’s death.

“There were additional significant stressors, which very likely contributed to her condition and for which I could not include compensation,” Ms Porter said.

“These included the imprisonment of her (other) son, the death of other close relatives and conflict with the Somalia community in the aftermath of her son’s murder.”
In a statement of material facts, police said Mr Igal and Farah had been friends for years and were drinking alcohol when they had an argument.

It escalated into a physical confrontation and resulted in Mr Igal being repeatedly stabbed in the torso with an unknown weapon.

Police have issued a warrant for Farah’s arrest, but Australia does not have an extradition treaty with Somalia.

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