Men found guilty of murder

Four gang members have been convicted for their part in the fatal stabbing of a teenage boy in Hoxton.

At the Old Bailey on Wednesday (May 11), the men were all found guilty of the murder of Marcel Addai.

The gang members are:

– Sodiq Adebayo, aged 23, of De Vere Gardens, Ilford.

– Momar Faye, aged 19, unemployed of Portelet Court, De Beauvoir Estate, N1.

– Rickell Rogers, aged 22, unemployed of Brownlow Road, NW10.

– Sheku Jalloh, aged 23, unemployed of Murray Grove, N1.

They will be sentenced at the same court on 17 May.

Three other men were found not guilty of murder and not guilty of manslaughter. They are: Akeem Gbadamosi, aged 22; Eugene Ocran, aged 19; and, David Oladimjei,  aged21.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Partridge, of the Metropolitan Police’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “This was a targeted attack that required a level of planning. Those convicted travelled to the estate where Marcel lived with the clear intention of inflicting serious injuries to anyone who was present. I want to praise those witnesses who had the courage to stand up and come forward with information in this case, it demonstrates that communities will not accept these violent attacks taking place.

“This senseless violence has taken another young life and left a family devastated. Those convicted are now facing many years in prison.

“The Met is committed to tackling violent crime, with colleagues from the local Boroughs and the Trident and Area Crime Command coming together, we are all working hard to remove violent offenders from the streets of the capital.”

Police were called at approximately 11:15pm on 4 September 2015, to reports of an assault in St John’s Estate on Pitfield Street, N1.

Officers attended and found a 17-year-old boy with stab wounds; they immediately gave first aid

The London Ambulance Service also attended but Marcel Addai was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:47pm.

A post-mortem examination held on Monday, 7 September at Poplar Mortuary gave the cause of death as multiple stab wounds.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command launched an investigation and quickly established that the suspects had travelled to the estate in three vehicles, a Mercedes, BMW and Vauxhall. Upon arrival, they attacked Marcel, and a group of his friends, just metres from his home.

Marcel tried to run away but was seen by a number of witnesses to fall to the ground before being kicked, punched and stabbed by his attackers. He sustained over a dozen stab wounds to his torso and legs.

CCTV inquiries identified the three cars that had been used by the suspects. Officers also tracked down CCTV footage that showed the men walking to a car park in Ilford on the night of the murder before leaving in the cars, travelling towards Hackney and ultimately towards the scene of the murder.

The men were identified by officers and arrested within a matter of days of the stabbing. They all gave ‘no comment’ interviews to police but were charged with murder a short time later.

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