Man admits killing homeless man from Dagenham in car park

PUBLISHED: 18:06 29 November 2017 | UPDATED: 18:06 29 November 2017

Adil Mahmood. Picture: Metropolitan Police

Adil Mahmood. Picture: Metropolitan Police

Metropolitan Police

A 37-year-old man has admitted killing a homeless man from Dagenham who firefighters discovered lying next to a burnt out car.

Police at the scene in Castleton Road, Goodmayes. Picture: Ken Mears Police at the scene in Castleton Road, Goodmayes. Picture: Ken Mears

Hassaman Ettakkal, 54, was found dead, wearing nothing but his boxers in an Ilford car park early on May 29.

Today Adil Mahmood, of London Road, Mitcham, pleaded guilty to arson and manslaughter at the Old Bailey, which the prosecution accepted.

The court heard how firefighters responding to reports of a car ablaze at around 5.45am in Castleford Road discovered Hassaman’s body five feet from an alight black BMW 1 Series.

He had no burns and appeared to have been dragged from the vehicle before the fire.

A post-mortem exam gave the cause of death as “blunt force trauma” which ruptured his spleen.

The Metropolitan Police and London Ambulance Service raced to the scene after a call from attending Fire Brigade crew and the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command is investigating.

The burnt-out BMW had false license plates and had been used by “rough sleepers and drug addicts”, police said.

Mahmood, they added, was identified as a suspect a week later after extensive enquiries and analysis of CCTV records.

The motive for the attack, however, remains unknown.

On June 6, Mahmood was charged with murder and arson with intent to endanger life. He was held in custody to appear at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court later that day.

“This was a very detailed investigation that required many tireless hours of detailed CCTV research. It was as a result of these extensive enquires that Adil Mahmood was indentified as a suspect,” said investigation lead DS Michael Dougall.

“I would like to thank the local community for their patience and resilience whilst lengthy crime scene examinations took place.

“By Mahmood pleading guilty today, he has accepted full responsibility for this terrible act and he will now face the consequences.

“I hope this conviction will bring some solace and closure for Mr Ettakkal’s family.”

Mahmood was remanded for psychiatric reports with a provisional date for sentencing on January 8.

Latest Barking and Dagenham Stories


National League outfit beat young Hammers 2-1 on Friday


France marked their 20th anniversary since winning the World Cup by being crowned once again after sealing a 4-2 victory against Croatia.

A Dagenham mum is trying to raise £20,000 to make over Valence Park.


A Dagenham man has appeared in court charged with murdering his baby daughter in Euston.

Yesterday, 12:00

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Post readers this week.

Yesterday, 10:47

West Ham have announced the club-record signing of midfielder Felipe Anderson from Lazio.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

So, England finished fourth at the World Cup finals in Russia.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Lakeside Hammers boss Will Pottinger hailed top duo Nick Morris and Richard Lawson as they helped the Hammers secure a comfortable home win over Sheffield on Friday night.


Barking Sporthouse has a wide range of fun things to do with your children this summer

The festive season is a hectic time for many, with frenzied dashes to the shops for groceries and gifts, and parties to arrange and attend.

Newsletter Sign Up

Barking and Dagenham Post twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now