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Man guilty of murdering father who was defending his son in Brent

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Man guilty of murdering father who was defending his son in Brent

A man has been convicted of the murder of a father who was defending his son after he was attacked with a knife at a bus stop in Brent.

Marcus Griffiths, 42, (02.04.79) of Hoveden Road, NW2, was convicted of murdering 40-year-old Michael Fadayomi, after a two-week trial at Harrow Crown Court.

Griffiths was also convicted of the attempted murder of Michael's 15-year-old son and possession of a knife in a public place.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

The court heard police were called to High Road, NW10, on Thursday, 29 April to a report of a man suffering from stab wounds.

Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, the victim, Mr Fadayomi, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly afterwards.

An investigation by homicide detectives from Specialist Crime revealed that Mr Fadayomi's 15-year-old son, and his friend, had boarded a bus shortly after 17:00hrs and sat near Griffiths.

CCTV footage and witness statements revealed that, within moments, and for no reason at all, Griffiths became aggressive towards them. At the next stop, which was Willesden Bus Garage, they all got off the bus.

The two boys stood by the bus stop and Griffiths then approached them, took out his knife, and he then immediately attacked the 15-year-old boy with it.

Fortunately, the boy managed to avoid two blows, swung towards his head, and managed to run away.

The boy then rung his father, Mr Fadayomi, who live nearby, and he came to the scene a short time later.

Mr Fadayomi got on the bus and went up to the top deck where Griffiths was sitting.

The two men then had a verbal altercation, before Mr Fadayomi turned and walked off the bus and down the road.

Griffiths then attacked him from behind and repeatedly stabbed him. One of the blows hit Mr Fadayomi in the neck, cutting an artery and causing a fatal blood loss.

Griffiths was arrested later the same day at his home address and denied knowledge of the incident and then provided a 'no comment' interview.

During the trial, his defence was that he was acting in self-defence

Detective Constable Rebecca Corser, the investigating officer, said: "This is a tragic case in which a man has lost his life for absolutely no reason at all.

"For a reason known only to himself, Marcus Griffiths was intent on causing serious harm to someone that day. Indeed, a witness who sat near him on the bus heard him say 'I'm going to kill someone today'.

"Michael Fadayomi's son and his friend had the misfortune to sit near him on the bus and he then turned his aggression towards them.

"After his son narrowly avoided being killed himself, Michael came to the scene and confronted Griffiths about his behaviour.

"Michael was not armed himself and did not show any physical aggression towards Griffiths. In a cowardly attack, Griffiths stabbed him from behind as he was walking away from the bus.

"I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the Fadayomi family. Nothing can be done to bring back a much-loved father, however I am glad the jury has seen through Griffiths's lies and he will now spend a long time in jail."

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