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Dawit Asmalash jailed for murdering Haileab Tadesse

A man has been jailed for life for stabbing an asylum seeker to death in a drunken row in Middlesbrough. Dawit Asmalash, 31, had denied the murder of Haileab Tadesse, 35, but was found unanimously guilty

A man has been jailed for life for stabbing an asylum seeker to death in a drunken row in Middlesbrough.

Dawit Asmalash, 31, had denied the murder of Haileab Tadesse, 35, but was found unanimously guilty by a jury at Teesside Crown Court.

Mr Tadesse of Eritrea, in East Africa, was found at a house in Palm Street on 4 April 2011. He had been stabbed through the heart.

Asmalash, of no fixed address, must serve a minimum of 15 years.

A statement from Cleveland Police said: “The death of the man known as Mr Tadesse followed a drunken argument between him and Dawit Asmalash.

“Dawit Asmalash responded to this by taking a knife and stabbing Mr Tadesse twice.

‘Dignity and respect’

“There was no excuse for this violence and the jury has seen through Dawit Asmalash and his attempt to justify his actions.

“Dawit Asmalash has consistently refused to accept responsibility for his actions on that night but today he must face up to the consequences of his violent attack on Mr Tadesse.”

Police said Mr Tadesse had been granted asylum to remain in the UK until 2016.

Asmalash must serve at least 15 years for the stab murder

Officers from the Cleveland force thanked members of the Eritrean and Ethiopian community for helping them during the inquiry.

The statement added: “The investigation team has come to know many of the Eritreans and Ethiopians living in Middlesbrough and we have seen a culture of deeply religious people that believe strongly in dignity and respect for others.

“Dawit Asmalash is not representative of this culture.

“The Eritrean and Ethiopian communities have stood up to Dawit Asmalash by attending court to give evidence against him and I would strongly urge people not to judge a community on the actions of one individual.”


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  • tegadalay March 8, 2012

    when iwas reading this article iwas waiting to see ASSENA TO BLEIM H GEDEF OR ERITREA GOV OR THE ERITREAN GOV SUPPORTERS SO ASSENA iam supprise thank you for not using this for propoganda

    • amuca March 8, 2012

      kebty that all you think. be a Human being.

    • Selamawi March 8, 2012

      May the dead rest in peace, and condolences to his family.

      If PFDJ is the cause of all our ailments and tribulations, tegadalay should concede the argument that PFDJ has to be belamed for causing all or some of the miseries and deaths. Remember before they come to this kind of mental state, individuals have gone through very traumatic experiences (although I am not sure about this patricular killer).
      What is PFDJ doing to our people?

      May peace and justice and prosperity return home, so people can be happy and relaxed, live in their homes….rooted in thier noble culture


      • Jose March 8, 2012

        I agree with Selamawi. The traumatic experience that we, Eritreans, had been through under the brutal dictatorship of PFDJ has contributed a lot in shaping that way we think and act and correspond to one another.It has become very common not for us not to constructively debate and agree, to say the least. I am not saying PFDJ’s rule is the only reason. But surely has a big impact. I hope tegadalay will not deny that. My the dead rest in peace and God’s grace and love be with us all.

    • tegadalay- E`de March 8, 2012

      tegadalay e`de . ede keman kiwuHdeka. zeyrebiH geliE eka.

    • March 8, 2012

      you are the most – haly- person i have ever seen ,you supposed to have sympathies for the family of the late person , why assena use crime for propaganda , i can see how you see your self and how far we are in the 21 c to cope with the running world

  • March 8, 2012

    Put his ass in jail for the rest of his damn life. If I were the judge I would sentenced him to death. This idiot belongs behind the bar.

  • tegadalay March 9, 2012

    so tell me you idiots insted of posting comment for me way IS ASSENA POST this article what is the point 2 people fight one end up dead so anles ASSENA tryi ng to use this for propoganda way it is posted in ASSENA

    • ahmed saleh March 9, 2012

      The way I see you , the hatred, the emotions and conflicting beliefs, It doesn’t
      surprise me if you did the same crime.

  • tegadalay March 10, 2012

    Ahmed you are right i did crime ikilld your borther WEYANE AGAMES so is that make you happy