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Man convicted and image released of man sought in Newham murder

A man has been found guilty of murder following a determined and violent attack in Newham as detectives release the details of a second suspect they are looking to trace.

Christopher Owens-Wright – 23 (21.06.99) of Chatsworth Road, E15 was found guilty of the murder of 23-year-old Michael Fadeyibi and section 18 GBH relating to a second man following the conclusion of the trial at Inner London Crown Court on Monday, 4 July.

He will be sentenced at the same court on 15 July.

Following his conviction, police are appealing for information to locate and trace 26-year-old Ryan Igbinovia.

Detective Chief Inspector Kelly Allen who leads the investigation said:

“Christopher Owens-Wright has been found guilty of murder but this is only half of the job completed. A second man was involved in the pursuit and attack on Michael and his friend and we are appealing for the public’s assistance to locate Ryan Igbinovia.

“If you have seen him, or know where he is, then please get in touch. Michael’s family have been devastated by his death and they deserve to see both those responsible brought to justice.”

The fatal assault happened in the early hours of 6 August 2021 in Henniker Road, E15. Michael, and a second man, had been pursued through the streets by Owens-Wright and second man, named in court as Ryan Igbinovia – both of whom were armed with machetes.

After catching up with Michael in Henniker Road, both suspects attacked him, stabbing him multiple times before leaving him dying in the streets. The man Michael was with was also stabbed but luckily survived his injuries.

Emergency services were called to the scene but nothing could be done to save Michael.

Homicide detectives were called and immediately began to piece together the events of that evening.

Intelligence was received that Owens-Wright was one of those involved.

Through thorough analysis of CCTV working back from the scene of the crime, detectives pieced together the foot pursuit through the streets of Newham, showing Michael and his friend being chased by Owens-Wright and the second suspect, who were armed with machetes.

An initial search of the scene by the officers who first responded to the call to Henniker Road recovered a small knife which was believed to have been in Michael’s possession. However, Owens-Wright’s DNA was also found on the blade, proving he had been in contact with this weapon, most likely have been injured by it.

Owens-Wright was arrested two days after the attack, having fled London to Nottingham. On his arrest he was found to be suffering several small injuries to his left hand.

Officers seized his mobile phone and following forensic analysis of its contents, could match the movements of those seen in the CCTV pursuing Michael to this device.

Following a search of his address in Newham, a box containing an invoice for three machetes was discovered. Although the name on the invoice was different to Owens-Wright, his fingerprints were found on both sides of the documentation, proving he had been in receipt of this.

Despite offering no comment in his police interview, the weight of evidence was overwhelming and Owens-Wright was charged with murder and attempted murder.

A statement from Michael's family said:

“Today, Justice has been served. We want to say a big thank you for the excellent work that the Metropolitan Police have done over the past few months, in making sure that Christopher Owens-Wright will pay for what he did to Michael. Our thanks are extended to those family members, friends and the wider community who have been so supportive throughout this difficult period."

DCI Allen added:

“Christopher Owens-Wright undertook a sustained and dogged pursuit of Michael Fadeyibi and his friend through the streets of Newham with the express purpose of catching them and inflicting serious harm on them.

“The prosecution likened this pursuit to a hunter tracking their prey and that is a disturbing image but one I cannot disagree with.

“Michael – who was known to Owens-Wright – had fallen out with each other in the days prior to the attack. What this falling out was over has not been established, but it was sufficient for Owens-Wright to arm himself with a machete and set out across the streets to hunt Michael and his friend down and attack them.

“While I hope this conviction brings a degree of closure to Michael’s friends and family, I am acutely aware that the second suspect in this attack remains outstanding. I would urge anyone who knows who this person is to come forward and speak to police in confidence. If you don’t want to speak to police, you can provide information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers.”

Anyone with information about Ryan Igbinovia’s whereabouts is asked to call the police incident room on 020 8345 1570. Alternatively, you can speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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