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Group of five males guilty of murder after hunting, running over and stabbing teenager to death in Newham

News   •   Dec 21, 2018 16:29 GMT

Convicted: Muir, Idris, Abdille and Dawes

A group of five males who carried out the killing of a 17-year-old Lord Promise Nkenda have been convicted of his murder at the Old Bailey.

The court heard how the group used car they stole as a weapon when they tracked the victim, Promise, down in Canning Town on Wednesday, 14 February.

Promise bravely managed to scramble away from the car which had been driven at him at speed and ran for his life down Butchers Road in the direction of Goldwing Close.

He was pursued by four of the five occupants from the car and stabbed repeatedly in the head, back and chest by the culprits who wore white latex gloves during the attack - reaffirming it as both premeditated and calculated.

All five defendants were convicted of murder. They are:

[A] Anton Muir, 18, (07.09.00) - from the Forest Gate area.

[B] Ephraim Idris, 18, (01.8.00) - from the Barking and Dagenham area.

[D] Ahmed Musa Absille,18, (02.10.2000) - from the Forest Gate area.

[F] Shemar Dawes, 18, (24.05.2000) - from the Forest Gate area.

[C] A 15-year-old boy - from the Forest Gate area.

All five denied murder but were found guilty following trial. They will be sentenced on 4 February.

An investigation was launched after officers were called by the London Ambulance Service shortly after 20:00hrs on Wednesday, 14 February to reports of a male suffering stab from injuries on Goldwing Close, E16.

Officers attended and found Lord Promise Nkenda - known as Promise - who was from Newham was pronounced dead at the scene at 20:38hrs.

A post-mortem examination held at East Ham Mortuary on Thursday, 15 February gave cause of death as stab wounds to the chest.

Officers then commenced a meticulous investigation which included spending hours viewing and reviewing CCTV images of the defendants along with the retrieval and analysis of DNA evidence.

The court heard that the car used by the killers was carjacked from a woman in Fairland Road, E15 at approximately 1800hrs.

The stolen BMW which was used as both a battering ram against Promise and as an escape car following the stabbing attack would later be found crashed in Victoria Dock Road.

Incriminating evidence - which was found in the boot of the car by investigators.

A knife and pair of latex gloves were later discovered behind a nearby telephone junction box in the crime scene and forensically linked to the attack.

DCI Dave Whellams from the Homicide and Major Crime Command led the investigation. He said: "This group acted together from start to finish to execute this murder. They were ruthless in their determination to kill Promise and have refused to cooperate with police from the outset.

"We have a team of experienced and skilled detectives who worked tirelessly to build a clear picture of what took place through CCTV and forensic analysis and help secure some justice for Promise and his family.

"Promise had his whole life ahead of him and wanted to pursue a career in the music industry. He stood no chance against the onslaught this group inflicted on him. The ages and determination of those involved - a boy who was 14 at the time of the attack and a group of other teenagers - is chilling.

"The calculated nature of this attack where criminality like carjacking was just a means to an end is also disturbing and I can only hope that today's verdict serves as some comfort to Promise's family. This case serves as a warning to others who may think that acting as part of group and planning ways to hide your crime will somehow help you evade justice."

Promise's brother Patrick said: "Promise was the youngest of our family and everyone always sought to protect him, however, on the night that he died, we could not be there to protect him. Promise died in a sustained and frenzied knife attack, he died alone and cold in the middle of street. We never have got to say goodbye to him, we never got to tell him how much we loved and cared for him.

"Since the death of Promise, we have all become shadows of my former selves, we are devastated. We feel empty and numb, but most of all incredibly sad. A part of us all died with him, alone on that East London Street. The impact of this day has had a lasting effect on us a family and individually.

"Promise was such a huge character our entire family has been hurt and affected by his absence, he is missed so very, very much. He was an entertainer, he would always try to look to lighten the mood of the room and would always look to be engaged with those around. He may not have been perfect, but he was ours.

"These boys need to learn that killing one another is not the way, this should not be part of everyday life, seeing a young person stabbed on the news should be the exception, not the norm. An example should be made of anyone that carries a knife and anyone who hangs around with those that do to make it clear this is not the way to live, this is not what being a man is about."