Day: December 12, 2018

16 And 22 Years In Jail For Duo Who Killed Defenceless Man In Greenwich

Two men who killed a defenceless man in a Greenwich street have been jailed at the Old Bailey today (Wednesday, 12 December).

Andrew Adekoya, 22 (03.09.96) of Greenwich was jailed for 16 years.

His accomplice Ibrahim James, 21 of Woolwich was jailed for 22 years.

Both were found guilty of the manslaughter of Jozef Boci at the same court on 18 October.

The court heard how 30-year-old Jozef was targeted by a group of men following an incident at the South Pole nightclub in Greenwich in the early hours of Saturday, 17 February.

Jozef was part of a group that had become involved in a minor dispute inside the nightclub at around 01:00hrs that morning with another group including James and Adekoya.

Security staff at the club intervened. Jozef’s group were allowed to remain in the club while the other group were ejected.

After remonstrating with security staff, the group got into two cars and drove away, returning to nearby Norman Road around five minutes later.

CCTV footage captured members of the group getting out of the cars.

Adekoya had a metal object, perhaps a wrench, while James appeared to have a weapon concealed down his trouser leg.

The group approached the front of the club but were ushered away by door staff; however they continued to hang around in the vicinity of the club for the next hour or so, obviously waiting for someone to come out.

At around 02:10hrs, Jozef left the South Pole club and as soon as he stepped outside he was chased by the group, including James and Adekoya.

Jozef fled down Greenwich High Road but tripped over and was immediately set upon by his pursuers. Witnesses described how Jozef was attacked, including being struck with a baseball bat, as he lay prone and defenceless on the pavement.

Jozef was taken to hospital but never regained consciousness – he died six days after the attack on 23 February.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command launched an investigation and quickly identified the suspects from CCTV and forensic analysis.

James was arrested on 23 February and following a search of his address, a baseball bat was found hidden in his garden. Although no forensic link could be made to the bat used in the attack on Jozef, it was similar to remnants found at the scene of the attack.

On 25 February, Adekoya was arrested. He admitted being at the scene and in possession of a wrench but claimed he was trying to calm the situation.

Five men were subsequently charged for their involvement in Jozef’s killing, two of whom were convicted as above.

Detective Chief Inspector John Massey of the Homicide and Major Crime Command led the investigation. He said: “The length of these sentences illustrate the savage nature of this attack.

“What started as essentially a trivial incident ended in the murder of an innocent man.

“Jozef Boci was pursued and subjected to a brutal assault as he lay defenceless in a Greenwich street.

“The ferocity of the attack was shocking and left Jozef with no chance of survival.”

9 Year-old Black Girl Commits Suicide After ‘Racist’ Schoolmates Taunted Her For Being Friends With A White Boy

An Alabama family is mourning the loss of a 9-year-old girl who took her own life Monday night.

McKenzie Adams’ family members said the fourth-grader had been bullied by a group of classmates since the beginning of the school year. Her grandmother found her in their home in Linden on Monday. She had hanged herself.

Instead of planning where to hide Christmas presents for the girl who loved playing with dolls and riding her bike, her family is now planning a funeral.

“It’s an emotional roller-coaster,” said Edwinna Harris, McKenzie’s aunt. Harris, who is a television host in Atlanta, said she wants to use her platform to spread an anti-bullying message to prevent other families from experiencing the same tragedy.

McKenzie attended U.S. Jones Elementary School approximately 15 miles away in Demopolis, where her funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 15. She transferred to the school after her mother and grandmother complained to the State Board of Education that she was being bullied at her elementary school in Linden, Harris said.

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A lot of the bullying centered on her friendship with a boy, Harris said.

“She was being bullied the entire school year, with words such as ‘kill yourself,’ ‘you think you’re white because you ride with that white boy,’ ‘you ugly,’ ‘black b-tch,’ ‘just die’,” she said.

Harris said she intends to speak out against bullying and hopes her efforts can save the lives of other children who feel hopeless.

“God has blessed me to help others with my platform, and now it’s time to help. There are so many voiceless kids,” she said. “God is opening great doors for justice for my niece.”

www.dispatch.com

Man Convicted Of Grenfell Tower Fraud Faces Jail Term

A fraudster who claimed he saw terrified Grenfell Tower victims burning to death when he was 12 miles away is facing years behind bars. Abolaji Onafuye, 54, claimed £32,000 in donations and housing support after lying to authorities that he lived in the doomed tower and that his sister and nephew were both killed. But a jury convicted him of fraud after hearing he was not related to Zainab Deen and her two-year-old son Jeremiah.

Isleworth Crown Court in West London heard that Onafuye claimed thousands and racked up a hotel bill of £35,000 after Kensington Council initially accepted his claim that he had lived in the tower.

The Nigerian-born property consultant was given emergency accommodation in the four-star Grosvenor Hotel in Belgravia, Central London. Theresa May to fight leadership battle ‘with everything I’ve got’ He later claimed he had suffered ‘mental trauma’ from seeing people screaming for help inside the tower, but analysis of his mobile phone found he was 12 miles away from the site on the day of the fire.

After his arrest, the father-of-five from Hammersmith in West London attempted to blame his fraudulent claims on low blood sugar, saying he was ‘hallucinating’ and ‘temporarily insane’ because he had been fasting. He will be sentenced at a later date.

Metro.co.uk

Update:

Abolaji Onafuye has been jailed for five years for fraudulently claiming £33,000.

Onafuye falsely claimed to have lived on the 11th floor of the tower block that was destroyed in 2017.

The 54-year-old, of Gorleston Street, Hammersmith, west London, also claimed he was related to one of the 72 people who died in the blaze.

Isleworth Crown Court heard he claimed for accommodation and financial help.

Onafuye denied two counts of fraud by false representation but was found guilty following a trial.

At his sentencing on Tuesday, Judge Giles Curtis-Raleigh said Onafuye had shown no remorse for the scam and had even accused genuine victims of lying.

He said Onafuye continued lying after he was arrested, first by accusing residents of lying, then claiming at his trial he had been suffering from temporary insanity caused by not eating during Ramadan.

‘Real families’

Ben Holt, prosecuting, said Onafuye had planned the scam by spending time in the area after the fire and getting to know the names of victims Zaynab Deen and her son Jeremiah.

Zainu Deen, Zaynab’s father and grandfather to Jeremiah, said he was horrified.

“Surely these people know there are real families who are suffering and whose lives will never be the same again… I am angry, cross, confused and incredibly frustrated,” he said.

Onafuye said he had never meant to cause anyone distress.


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