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Two guilty of manslaughter, Charlton

News   •   Dec 22, 2017 13:35 GMT

[Felou Abadja]

Two teenagers who fatally stabbed a man to death in an unprovoked attack have been found guilty of manslaughter.

Felou Abadja, 19 (22.02.98), of Pinnell Road, SE9, and a 16-year-old boy [B] were found guilty of manslaughter and possession of an offensive weapon at the Old Bailey on Thursday, 21 December following a trial.

Abadja previously pleaded guilty to possession of a Class A drug (cocaine). [B] previously pleaded guilty to possession of a knife and possession of a Class A drug (heroin).

They will be sentenced at the same court Friday, 2 February 2018.

On Tuesday, 13 June police were called by the London Ambulance Service at about 17:45hrs to a man stabbed behind Phipps House, off Woolwich Road, SE7.

Officers and London's Air Ambulance attended and found 30-year-old Adam Chambers injured. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 18:27hrs.

A post-mortem examination held on Wednesday, 14 June gave cause of death as a stab wound to the chest.

The court heard that on the afternoon of 13 June, Abadja, [B] and a 15-year-old girl were at an address in Lee High Road, recording rap music.

At about 17:00hrs, Abadja called a taxi and asked to be taken to Troughton Road - which is very close to where Adam was fatally stabbed.

The three got in the taxi and they were driven to Troughton Road. Abadja and [B] got out of the taxi, and the driver and the female waited. The two males walked to nearby Phipps House and waited in the area next to Hartwell House.

At about 17:35hrs on 13 June, Adam left his home address on his moped and rode to the area of Phipps House, arriving at 17:42hrs when he met Abadja and [B].

The court heard that Abadja had arranged to meet Adam through a third party to purchase drugs.

Just ten seconds later, the moped was seen to leave the area.

During those ten seconds, Adam was stabbed. He managed to drive a very short distance before collapsing. He was found by a passer-by who called the emergency services.

Abadja and [B] fled to the waiting taxi. The driver noted that they seemed in a hurry, saying 'let's go boss.' They also switched their destination to Blackwall Lane and they were dropped off by some flats.

Officers carried out enquiries and Abadja was identified as a suspect.

Abadja was located on Sunday, 18 June at an address in Pinnell Road, SE9, after officers forced entry into the property - he was arrested and found to be in possession of a wrap of cocaine. Once at the police station, Abadja tested positive for the drug.

Abadja initially went no comment during interview, but later produced a prepared statement. He placed himself at the scene but said it was the male he was with, [B], who became involved in a fight with Adam. Abadja told officers he was talking to his regular cannabis dealer when the stabbing took place, and he was some distance away. He said he saw his associate produce a knife and stab the victim. He told officers he did not know this was going to happen.

Abadja was charged with murder and possession of a Class A drug (cocaine) in the early hours of Tuesday, 20 June.

[B], who was aged 15 at the time, was arrested on Wednesday, 21 June. He was found to be in possession of a large knife and four wraps of heroin. He answered no comment to all the questions put to him in interview.

The knife was analysed by an expert who concluded the knife found in [B]'s possession was the same one that fatally stabbed Adam. Traces of Adam's blood were found inside the bag [B] was wearing upon his arrest.

[B] was charged on Thursday, 22 June with murder, possession of a knife and possession of a Class A drug (heroin).

Detective Superintendent Lee Watling of the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command who led the investigation said: "This was a vicious unprovoked attack on the victim who was unable to defend himself.

"I hope the conviction gives Adam's family some measure of closure and comfort."