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Joel Adesina trial: CCTV shows stabbed Dagenham teenager carrying ‘sword’

PUBLISHED: 17:54 29 September 2015 | UPDATED: 10:48 20 October 2015

Joel Adesina was stabbed to death in December last year

Joel Adesina was stabbed to death in December last year

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Stab victim Joel Adesina was carrying a “sword” on the night he was killed, the Old Bailey heard this afternoon.

CCTV footage showed that the 15-year-old was carrying the weapon in his waistband moments before he collapsed from his injuries.

On the first day of the trial of Georgie Phillips, 20, and Lincoln Olaribigbe, 23, who are both charged with the Dagenham teenager’s murder, the court heard how they had tracked Joel and three of his friends around East London in a blue Mercedes and silver Vauxhall with their associates.

After the driver of the Mercedes found Joel hiding behind a parked silver car, one of the group is alleged to have pinned him up against a metal fence, before dragging him away.

CCTV footage showed Joel bleeding in Ekol Food Centre in Bethnal Green’s Gibraltar Walk, shortly after being stabbed in the abdomen in Padbury Court at about 11pm on December 5 last year.

After collapsing from his wounds, a friend of Joel’s is seen removing the sword from the front left of his waistband ahead of the arrival of paramedics on the scene. Joel died about three hours after the attack.

Prosecutor Anthony Orchard QC said both defendants were “in it together”.

“We say that all the occupants of that car would have been aware that a knife or knives were being carried by occupants of that car,” he said. “Both these defendants were in it together.”

The Mercedes was found burnt out in Islington the day after Joel’s death.

Olaribigbe of Regents Court, Hoxton, and Phillips of Hood Walk, Romford, deny murder.

The trial continues.

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