Two men guilty of Dulwich murder
Two men have been found guilty of the murder of 18-year-old Donnell Rhule in Dulwich.
Kieran Robinson, 22 (19.04.99), of Baldry Gardens, Streatham and Sean Robinson, 27 (03.10.94), of Newlands Park, Penge were convicted at the Old Bailey on Friday, 8 October.
Both will be sentenced on a date to be confirmed.
Police were called at approximately 18:30hrs on 8 July 2020 after a man was found injured near to a row of shops in Seeley Drive on the Kingswood Estate in Dulwich.
Officers attended along with London Ambulance Service. They found an 18-year-old Donnell Rhule with stab injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene a short while later.
Homicide detectives from the Met's Specialist Crime Command began a murder investigation and spoke to a number of witnesses who were in the area at the time of the attack.
The court heard how Donnell was with a group of friends where he confronted Kieran Robinson after he was seen riding a moped erratically around the estate.
Kieran Robinson was joined by his cousin, Sean Robinson, who was travelling as a passenger in a car being driven by another man.
Witnesses reported hearing Sean encourage Kieran to attack the victim. Kieran Robinson stabbed Donnell three times with a Rambo-style knife. One of the strikes went through Donnell's heart.
Donnell and a friend ran from the area down an alleyway behind a row of shops. Both Kieran and Sean gave chase on the moped. A witness reported seeing Sean Robinson carrying a large knife.
Both men rode out of the estate on the moped. Donnell was left for dead and collapsed on a nearby patch of grass. Members of the public provided first aid until the arrival of emergency services.
CCTV evidence showed Kieran and Sean meeting up with the driver of the car and Sean got back into this vehicle. They drove off in different directions.
They were later arrested and interviewed about their involvement in the attack. Kieran Robinson gave no comment during his interview, although later claimed he acted in self-defence after Donnell threatened him with a knife. There was no evidence to suggest this happened.
Sean Robinson claimed he had gone to the estate to buy cannabis and that he had no involvement in the attack.
Detective Sergeant Iain Law, from the Specialist Crime Command, said: "Today justice has been served for Donnell Rhule and his family. He was a young man who had the rest of his life ahead of him.
"He had been at the centre of this investigation and we have done all we can to ensure those responsible for his callous murder are held to account. They can both expect a lengthy spell behind bars."
= A third man - Eren Inniss, 27 (20.05.94), of Turpington Lane, Bromley – was found not guilty of murder at the same trial.