Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Toronto police arrest one of U.K.'s most wanted

He's been on the United Kingdom's most-wanted list for the past seven years, having disappeared after the beating death of man in Wales.

Now, Toronto police have arrested Mohamed Abdi Mahad, who was living under an alias in Toronto since fleeing the United Kingdom after the April, 2003, crime, officials say.

On an arrest warrant issued by South Wales police, Toronto officers entered a home in the Dupont and Lansdowne Avenue area at 9:30 a.m. and arrested Mr. Mahad. Police said he was living in Canada illegally and going by the name Kalid Sharif.

Story continues below advertisement

The 27-year-old hadn't been working, said Constable Tony Vella, and he has lived in the same area of Toronto since arriving in Canada in 2003.

Mr. Mahad is a Somali citizen and had been living in the United Kingdom when Mohammed Musa Mahoud was hit in the head with a metal weightlifting bar in Butetown, Wales. Toronto police allege the suspect was involved in the attack and that witnesses reported seeing him beating Mr. Mahoud.

He later died of his injuries in hospital.

The U.K. most-wanted listing says Mr. Mahad goes by a handful of aliases, including Mohammed Hersi, Yabada, Mafia and London Boy. Mr. Mahad had been spotted in Sheffield, Bristol and Toronto, according to the listing.

He is scheduled to appear in a Toronto court on Thursday at 10 a.m.

Report an error Licensing Options
Comments are closed

We have closed comments on this story for legal reasons. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Globe Newsletters

Get a summary of news of the day

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Thank you!

You are now subscribed to the newsletter at

You can unsubscribe from this newsletter or Globe promotions at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or by emailing us at