A man has been jailed for life for murdering a young father in Peckham during a trivial argument in the street, using a knife that he admitted to carrying ‘for his own protection’.
Parrish Ofoeme, 23, (9.06.94) of Burrage Road, Greenwich was found guilty on Wednesday, 1 November, of the murder of 25-year-old Bilal Kargbo. He was also found guilty of possession of an offensive weapon.
The conviction followed a two-week trial at the Inner London Crown Court. Ofoeme was sentenced the same day to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 21 years. He was given a two years sentence, to run concurrently, for possessing the knife.
On Friday 28 April, at around 15:15hrs, Ofoeme stabbed Bilal three times during an altercation outside a mobile phone shop in Rye Lane, Peckham.
Bilal had gone to the shop with a friend who was having his phone repaired. He encountered Ofoeme outside the shop, and a row developed between the two men over perceived disrespect and who may have been staring at whom.
Police officers gave emergency first aid prior to the arrival of paramedics, but Bilal was pronounced dead at the scene at 15:51hrs.
A police identification identified Ofoeme through witness accounts and phone records. He was arrested at a relative’s address in Enfield on 1 May, and was charged with the murder three days later.
Ofoeme claimed self-defence, and gave a false account insisting that he had taken the knife used in the attack from the victim. Eventually he was forced to admit that the knife belonged to him and that he carried it ‘for his own protection’ after a previous, unrelated attack on a relative.
Investigating Officer Detective Sergeant Jason Grafham, of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “As a result of his habitual carrying of a knife, Parrish Ofoeme stabbed Bilal to death following a pathetic argument about ‘respect’.
“This took place in a busy London street in front of children, local shoppers and worshippers leaving a local mosque. It has had a devastating impact upon the victim’s family, including his children who have lost their father.
“I want to make it clear that we will pursue not only those who commit such heinous crimes, but also those who choose to carry weapons. You will be found, you will be arrested and you will be held to account.”