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Man found guilty of murder in Southwark

News   •   Sep 14, 2020 18:30 BST

[Victim: McCaulay Junior Urugbezi-Edwards]

A man was found guilty on Monday, 14 September at Woolwich Crown Court of fatally stabbing a teenager he chased and killed in Southwark last year after the pair met by chance. 

McCaulay Junior Urugbezi-Edwards, 18, was spotted by Rashai Annang near Elephant and Castle Station on the day of the vicious attack, after which Annang pursued him through local streets on a pedal bike. 

Annang was 17 at the time of the offence. 

Annang, who is now 18 (13.04.02), of Knapmill Road, Lewisham, was convicted of one count of murder. He will be sentenced on Monday, 26 October. 

Detective Sergeant Sarah Fisher, from the murder investigation team at Specialist Crime South, said: "This was a vicious unprovoked attack committed by Rashai Annang on McCaulay. CCTV shows how McCaulay was running for his life, being chased by Rashai Annang on a push bike, resulting in McCaulay falling to the ground and Annang stabbing him to death. He has shown no remorse for his actions on that night.

"It has been a traumatic time for the family who have lost a much loved son. The right verdict has been reached today, justice has been done for McCaulay.

"This is another tragic and unnecessary loss of a young life on the streets of London and I would ask communities to support officers as they do everything they can to stop another family suffering the pain of losing a loved one.

"If you are worried about someone, advice and support is available through organisations including Knife Free and for young people, via Fearless. Fearless will never ask your name and they cannot trace your call IP address or device you use. You can also visit our website for further information or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Police originally attended Tiverton Street, SE1 at around 21:30hrs on the 5 May 2019 following reports from London Ambulance Service that it was dealing with a stabbing at the location. 

London’s Air Ambulance also attended and rushed McCaulay to a south London hospital, but despite the best efforts to save him, he died a short time later, at 22:51hrs.

The court heard that McCaulay and Annang had encountered each other by coincidence, after which a very brief conversation ensued. A pursuit followed which developed into a 'breakneck chase', with Annang riding frantically after McCaulay as he ran from Newington Gardens, known as Gaol Park, into Tiverton Street. 

Annang found McCaulay by a low wall, in a position described as 'utterly defenceless', by the prosecution, and appeared to kick him while he was down. He then stabbed him several times with force in an attack that the court heard was 'deliberate and merciless'. 

Having fatally wounded McCaulay, Annang fled the scene leaving him bleeding on the street. Members of the public came to McCaulay’s assistance prior to the arrival of paramedics. 

The jury heard that Annang did not deny being on his bike in the Elephant and Castle area. Evidence submitted by the prosecution included CCTV footage which showed distinctive markings on Annang's pedal bike and clothes, and cell site mobile phone data, as well as testimonies from two eye-witnesses who saw part of what took place. 

The post-mortem examination found the cause of McCaulay's death was a stab wound to his left thigh. 

Two days after the attack, Annang was tracked down by police to at hotel in Norwich where he had run away 'to cover his tracks' in a bid to evade capture. 

He was arrested on suspicion of murder and subsequently charged with that offence on 10 July 2019, appearing at Bromley Magistrates' Court the following day.