Category: LONDON DIGEST

Man Threatens To Jump Off Lewisham Multi Storey Cark Par Building

A man has been taken to hospital after a stand-off with police lasting more than three hours as he threatened to jump off the roof of a multi-storey car park in Lewisham.

Met Police officers were called to a car park on Molesworth Street at around 5.30pm yesterday (June 18) to try and speak to the man on the roof.

Officers were forced to close off the main road while they tried to coax the man down and drivers were warned to take a different route.

A Scotland Yard spokesman confirmed to News Shopper that the man came down from the building of his own accord at 8.45pm.

The suicidal man is yet to be identified.

JoeDempsey@Newshopper
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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.

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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.”

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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’.

Source: murdermap.co.uk

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.

Source: murdermap.co.uk

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.
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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.

 

Source: Murdermap.co.uk


London Clampdown On Youth Gangs: Drill Rap Gang Members Jailed For Planning Attack On Rival Gang

Five London gang members who made ‘drill music’, a niche form of hip-hop that glorifies violence and has been linked by police to a surge in knife crime, received jail sentences on Monday for planning an attack on a rival gang.

The young men from the Notting Hill area of west London, aged between 17 and 21, were arrested last November armed with machetes, baseball bats, masks, balaclavas and gloves.

They initially told police the items were props to make a drill music video, but later pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit violent disorder. They had been embroiled in a feud with a gang from nearby Shepherd’s Bush.

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The court was shown seven drill music videos, which prosecutors said demonstrated how the group had been promoting violence.

One song called “No Hook” included sounds of gunshots and lyrics about shooting and stabbing such as “Ching (stab) Splash (stab) aim for his lungs,” police said.


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The five received sentences ranging up to three-and-a-half years.

Prosecutors are also seeking criminal behavior orders that would ban the men from making drill music for three to five years. A hearing on that issue will be held on Friday.

An increase in knife crime pushed London’s murder rate over that of New York in February and March, for the first time in modern history. [nL5N1RG3LU]

Some social workers have disputed the link between drill music and gang violence, saying cuts in youth services due to fiscal austerity measures are likely to be a more direct cause.

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London’s Latest Gun Crime Victim, 22, Survived A Stabbing Last Year

The latesy victim of London’s violent crime has been names as 22 year old Oluwafemi Omosuyi

The semi-professional boxer, known as Femi, had ‘half his face blown off’ as he sat in a car with friends, his mum revealed.

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He had recently come back from training in Dublin when he was gunned down in a Ford Focus outside Oliver Goldsmith Primary in Peckham, south London.

 

Damilola Taylor, who was stabbed to death aged ten in 2000, used to attend the school.

Appealing for witnesses, Stella Aladetam, 53, said her son had emergency surgery after the attack on Saturday evening. Yesterday he was in stable condition.

‘They shot him through the window in the face,’ she said. ‘He also was hit in the arm and the hand.’

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She revealed her son was stabbed last year. ‘It is the same people — two black boys — who stabbed him the other time,’ Ms Aladetam said, adding: ‘Femi was never involved in gangs.’

But a friend, who did not want to be named, said: ‘He got into the wrong crowd.’

Promising boxer Femi, who trained at the All Stars Boxing Gym in West London, had just returned from a month long training camp in Dublin.

Stella added: “He loved boxing. He wanted to be professional. He would train twice a week, and every Saturday.

“His coach told him to stay home and out of trouble.”

I want them found and arrested for what they’ve done

Peckham Shooting Victim’s Mum Stella Aladetan

In social media posts the gym described him as “explosive” and a “promising heavyweight” star.

It was the latest weekend of bloodshed on London’s streets last night, with police also called to a stabbing in South East London.

A man, believed to be in his 40s, suffered multiple stab wounds in Claremont Street, Greenwich, just before 7pm on Saturday.

He was taken to a South London hospital for treatment.

 The Met Police said that no one had been arrested in connection with the shooting

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The Met Police said that no one had been arrested in connection with the shooting

 Cops kept a visible profile at the scene of the shooting

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Cops kept a visible profile at the scene of the shooting

 Two men were injured in the shooting, including a 22-year-old man in a critical condition. The other victim, a 25-year-old, suffered non-life-threatening injuries

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Two men were injured in the shooting, including a 22-year-old man in a critical condition. The other victim, a 25-year-old, suffered non-life-threatening injuries

Police confirmed they had found the man badly injured, with London Ambulance Service also called to the scene.

In a statement, police said: “The injured man – believed to be aged in his forties – was taken by LAS to a south London hospital.

“A crime scene is in place. No arrests have been made. Enquiries continue. ”

The victim’s current condition is unknown.

 An air ambulance at the scene in Greenwich

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An air ambulance at the scene in Greenwich 

 Police have faced a series of violent incidents across the capital

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Police have faced a series of violent incidents across the capital

Police also launched an attempted murder investigation after a 22-year-old man was found suffering from multiple stab wounds in Shadwell on Friday.

One man, aged 23, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and taken to an east London police station for questioning. Enquiries are ongoing.

DC Megan Bushell from Tower Hamlets CID said:“We have made one arrest and continue to build a picture the attack which unfolded.

“I would appeal to anyone who saw a confrontation in the area before the attack and anyone who witnessed people running from the scene after the stabbing to come forward.

“Your information could prove vital to our investigation.”

Police were called to Creek Road, Greenwich – just yards away from Saturday’s stabbing incident – after a man was found collapsed near a Sainsbury’s shortly after 8pm on Thursday.

Gang Members Who Post Videos Inciting Violence Online To Be Treated As Terrorists

People who post videos on social media to incite gun and knife violence will be treated the same as terror suspects, the police has said.

Officers in London say those using the internet to provoke violence – particularly known gang members – will be tackled in the same was as those who call for terror attacks to happen online, Scotland Yard said.

Commander Jim Stokley, who heads the Met’s Trident gang unit, told The Times the new measures have been developed following discussion with the Crown Prosecution Service.

He told the paper that for gangs ‘there isn’t specific legislation, and clearly we can’t use terrorism legislation [but] in consultation with the CPS, we have found some existing legislation which we are going to use’. Under the Terrorism Act, there does not need to be a link between the incitement of someone to commit an act of terrorism and a specific attack.

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Tanesha Melbourne is among more than 60 victims of violent crimes who have been murdered on the streets of the UK so far this year (Picture: PA)

Mr Stokley said the new measures could work in a similar way in that there would be no need to link any online post to particular acts of violence, adding that if the judiciary disagree with the idea then the force will look at helping to develop new legislation with the Home Office.

The move follows a rise in violence with more than 60 murder investigations launched already this year in the capital.

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It was revealed earlier this week that YouTube has deleted just over half of the music videos Scotland Yard has asked to be taken down because they incite violence, according to police figures. Some of the videos still available online feature groups associated with the post code war linked to the murder of Tanesha Melbourne, 17, who was shot dead in Tottenham last month.

Commander Jim Stokley, who heads the Met’s Trident gang unit, says the new measures are aimed at reducing violent street attacks (Picture: Met Police)

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has already blamed social media for fuelling the surge in murders in London. She singled out the drill genre of rap music for glamourising violent crime.

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Drill videos that are uploaded to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter show masked and hooded groups with gang affiliations using threatening lyrics and gestures. Some attract millions of views online. The Met says it has built up a database of more than 1,400 videos to use as an intelligence tool as it tries to tackle the rise in street killings and other violent crimes.