Day: June 16, 2018

London Youth Violent Crime Archive: East London Gang members Including 3 Nigerians Jailed for Murder Of 17 Year Old Fellow Nigerian Teenager

Seventeen year-old Kelvin Chibueze was stabbed to death in a gang-related attack in Ilford, east London.

Kelvin was chased from a private party at The Arteflex Club on the High Road at around 4am on Monday, 15 August 2011.

The teenager, from Croydon, was found with stab wounds to the chest in the car park next to Lidl and Fitness First.

Kelvin, known as Boss Don Gramz, died in hospital at 1pm.

The same day, Prime Minister David Cameron made a speech calling for a ‘concerted, all-out war on gangs and gang culture.’

Eight suspects were charged with murder beginning with Dale Williams, 19 [12/11/91], of Hart’s Lane, Barking, on August 24. The others were Lerone Boye, 24 [23/3/87], of Henley Road, Ilford, Roger Damali, 30 [30/05/81], of Macauley Road, East Ham, Joel Asare-Minta, 21 [02/08/90] of of Halbutt Street, Dagenham, Diphy Menga, 23 [19/06/88] of St Mary’s Road, Ilford, Ibrahim Zakari, 20 [30/10/91] of St Margaret’s, Barking, Kongolo Kongola, 29 [3/1/82] of Sewell Street, Plaistow, east London, and Hugo Nwankwo, 17 [14/11/94], of Park Avenue, East Ham.

The prosecution case was that several of the group were linked to the ‘Hart’s Lane Gang’ from Barking while the victim was associated with the rival ‘DAG’ gang from Dagenham. The same gangs had previously clashed in Beckton in February 2010, resulting in the death of Olukorede Fajinmi.

They went on trial at the Old Bailey on 5 September 2012. Jurors heard that tensions arose between the two rival groups ‘eyeballing’ each other at the party, possibly as a result of a petty squabble about a girl.

‘One group went into the rear garden to smoke a couple of times and whenever they returned things appear to get either tenser or the atmosphere a little more strained,’ said prosecutor Richard Whittam QC.

‘There was some recognition between some of the people present as to whether they knew them or the areas they came from.’

Jurors heard the victim suffered at least one stab wound in the club before being chased outside by men armed with knives, champagne and Hennessy bottles and a bar stool. He suffered a further five or six stab wounds after collapsing in Ilford Retail Park across the High Road.

A knife stained with the victim’s blood was found in Riches Road, not far from where Williams was stopped and arrested. CCTV evidence linked several of the suspects to the club and the car park. Detectives also claimed phone contact between the suspects in the minutes leading up to the attack inside the club suggested it was premeditated.

Half-way through the trial Kongola was cleared of murder and violent disorder on the judge’s direction due to lack of evidence.

On 22 November 2012 the jury convicted Boye, Williams, Damali and Nwankwo of murder and violent disorder. Zakari, who is deaf, was cleared of murder but convicted of violent disorder and jailed for two years.

Asare-Minta and Menga were both cleared of murder and violent disorder.

Lerone BoyeDale Williams

Killers Lerone Boye (left) and Dale Williams

Boye, Williams, Damali and Nwankwo were all sentenced on December 20. Boye was jailed for at least 28 years before parole, Williams at least 26 years, Damali at least 23 years and Nwankwo at least 16 years.

Judge John Bevan QC said: “The veil of silence that has fallen over the main participants in this case speaks volumes as to the cowardice and moral bankruptcy of those on both sides of this argument.

“Carrying knives, at least three on each side, is a comparatively modern phenomenon, which is approaching an endemic state among feckless, aimless youths who think nothing of wielding and using of knives in the face of the slightest provocation or perceived insult.

“We are still none the wiser as to the cause, and whether of not it has to do with gang violence.

“Whether there was rivalry, whether there was loyalty, whether it was revenge for a previous incident, I don’t know.”

Detective Sergeant Mark Romain of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command said: “Kelvin Chibueze was ruthlessly attacked, chased and left to die in the early hours of 15 August. The violence used brutally ended a young man’s life and showed scant regard for the safety of others in this busy venue.

“I would like to thank everyone who came forward to assist with this investigation and helped convict these violent thugs.”

Hugo NwankwoRoger Damali

Killers Hugo Nwankwo (left) and Roger Damali

On 16 October 2013, Boye absconded from a mental health unit, the John Howard Centre in Homerton, east London.

Detectives offered a £15,000 reward for information and issued a description. Boye was captured in a pre-planned operation in Chigwell on 21 January 2014. He was found hiding under a bed and told officers it was the ‘best three months of my life’.


London Youth Violent Crime Archive: 17 Year Old Nigerian Teenager Stabbed To Death In 2010 East London Gang War

Olukorede Fajinmi, 17, was stabbed to death during a gang fight in Beckton, east London, on February 19, 2010.

The teenager from Ilford suffered a single knife wound to the heart during the confrontation outside the Powerleague leisure centre.

Detectives charged a 16 year-old boy with murder and he went on trial at the Old Bailey on October 20 the same year.

The prosecution case was that the killing was linked to rivalry between the Dagenham Boys or ‘DAG’ gang and the Harts Lane gang from Barking.

Prosecutor Ed Brown told the court: ‘Whether planned or not the events in the minutes leading up to his death were the direct result of two groups of youths coming together, some loosely connected with two opposing gangs.

‘The inevitable reality of this case is that young people were armed that night with knives. Had they not been Olukorede Fajinmi would no doubt be alive today.’

Fajinmi and his friends from the DAG gang had left the leisure centre at around 8.45pm when they spotted around 25 members of the Harts Lane gang, including the 16 year-old boy.

The smaller group of around ten Harts Lane boys gave chase and Fajinmi, otherwise known as ‘Shadow’, grabbed hold of the 16 year-old near a zebra crossing in Jenkins Lane. In the scuffle that followed Fajinmi was stabbed in the heart and the younger boy was stabbed twice in the shoulder.

On November 4, the 16 year-old boy was cleared of murder and manslaughter on the judge’s direction on the basis he acted in self defence.

The Recorder of London, Peter Beaumont QC, said: ‘Starting on the premise that it was [the 16 year-old] who caused the deceased’s death by stabbing in the chest, the Crown has nevertheless to prove that he caused the death unlawfully.

‘That is to say not in necessary and reasonable self defence. In focusing on that issue and examining the evidence available to the prosecution I have come to the conclusion that the prosecution do not cross that threshhold.’

The prosecution dropped a charge against a second teenager who was said to have stabbed the 16 year-old boy in the shoulder in revenge for the killing of Mr Fajinmi.

In August 2011 the DAG and White Hart gangs clashed in Ilford resulting in the death of 17 year-old Kelvin Chibueze, said to be a friend of Olukorede Fajinmi.


London Youth Violent Crime Archive: Orphaned Nigerian Teenager Killed In 2008 By Gang of Other Nigerian Youths In Plumstead, South East London

Sunday Essiet was just 15 when he was chased into a park and stabbed to death in broad daylight in a deadly outbreak of gang violence in South London.

The orphan, known as ‘Baby’, had angered members of a local youth gang when he tried to threaten them with an imitation gun.

Gang members Sikuru Doherty, 19, Ifedotun Gbadebo-Araoye, Miles Maddy and Adeniyi Oloyede, all 18, took lethal revenge on the youngster.

Ignoring his desperate pleas for mercy, the four killers cornered Sunday in a fenced-off football pitch, where they stabbed him nine times in the back.

Sunday EssietThe victim (pictured, right) had arrived from Nigeria in 2000 with his mother and sister, having lost his father two years earlier.

He was orphaned when his mother fell seriously ill and died in 2003, leaving him to fend for himself.

Sunday stayed with family friends but when his sister moved in with her boyfriend, he ended up flitting between hostels.

On February 19, 2008, Sunday used an imitation gun to try and warn off the four killers, following a violent incident which led to the arrest of his cousin.

But when it became clear that the weapon was harmless, he fled with the gang in hot pursuit.

Sunday was eventually cornered in Invermore Place, off the  Glyndon Estate, in Plumstead.

Proecutor Ed Brown, QC, later told the Old Bailey: ‘He was killed despite his pleas to his killers to stop and some who saw the attack describe him as having no chance.

‘The reality of the events is that Sunday was hounded by the group around the park.

‘He managed to escape but only temporarily and he ran away but he was chased back and forth across the park and then to a wall where he had no escape and where he died.

‘Sunday was hounded by these four defendants, a number of whom were armed with knives.

‘Sunday’s friends called out to them not to kill him. Sunday himself called for help as he ran away and begged them not to attack him again but all this was to no avail.

‘He was stabbed in the back nine times – with one of the blades making a 10 cm wound into his chest.’

The gang fled leaving Sunday dying in a pool of blood. Paramedics were flown to the scene but could do nothing to save the teenager.

Apparently unaffected by his victim’s plight Gbadebo-Araoye robbed eye-witness Ibrahim Ajidagba as he left the scene – snapping off a gold chain from his neck after holding him at knifepoint.

Mr Ajidagba told the gangsters’ trial: ‘[Sunday] was on the floor. They were just kicking and stamping.

‘Someone was facing me, asking for my chain. Even when he asked for my chain I wasn’t thinking about my chain, I was thinking about someone dying on the floor.

‘A little kid is dead, a little boy.’

Oloyede and Gbadebo-Araoye fled the country immediately after the killing to Nigeria where they stayed with family, but they returned voluntarily and handed themselves in to police.

All four defendants were convicted of murder at the Old Bailey at the end of a two-month trial.
Ifedotun Gbadebo-Araoye, Miles Maddy and Adeniyi Oloyede

Killers: Above (left to right) Ifedotun Gbadebo-Araoye, Miles Maddy and Adeniyi Oloyede.

Doherty and Ifedotun Gbadebo-Araoye were jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 16 years, while Maddy and Adeniyi Oloyede, nicknamed ‘knifer’, were given life sentences and ordered to serve a minimum of 15 years and 13 years respectively.

The court heard a prosecution witness was left scarred when acid was thrown into his face after he had testified from behind a screen.

Jailing the gang, Judge Timothy Pontius QC said: ‘Whatever might be said about Sunday Essiet, the life that he led and the fact that at the age of 15 he was carrying a gun on the day that he met his death, nothing can possibly provide any justification for the way his was cut so brutally short.

‘The attack upon him in which you all joined in various ways and at various times, was savage, merciless and unrelenting, culminating in the use of three knives – one of which was used to cause the fatal wound.

‘Plainly the jury’s unanimous verdict reflects the active participation by each of you in the murder of Sunday Essiet in a group attack in a public place, during the day.’

In mitigation John Ryder QC, for Doherty, suggested the pattern of knife wounds were ‘consistent with a juking exercise’ – an attack to punish or humiliate a victim, often used by gangs.

He said the attackers had intended to cause really serious harm, rather than to kill, but this was dismissed by the judge.

‘The only realistic conclusion is that you had the intention to kill,’ he said.

‘Three knives, causing multiple wounds, admits no other sensible conclusion.’

Gbadebo-Aroaye was also convicted of robbery. He received a seven-year sentence to be served concurrently for the offence.