Search

Joel Adesina trial: Friend says Dagenham stab victim sought out murder suspect

PUBLISHED: 18:30 01 October 2015 | UPDATED: 10:38 20 October 2015

Joel Adesina died in December, after a confrontation in Bethnal Green

Joel Adesina died in December, after a confrontation in Bethnal Green

Archant

One of the group Joel Adesina was with the night he died threw an object at the car of a man accused of his murder, the Old Bailey heard today.

An associate of the 15-year-old from Dagenham, who died of a stab wound to his liver on December 6, appeared behind a screen to testify to the jury.

Adam Meragan, 19, said Lincoln Olaribigbe, 23, pulled up next to him, Joel and their group of friends on Hoxton Street in Bethnal Green between 7pm and 8pm.

Meragan said Olaribigbe was driving a silver Vauxhall Astra and reversed after passing the group, giving the impression he was trying to identify them.

Meragan said the group of seven scattered at the sight of the car and, upon its return, one struck it with a missile.

“One of us chucked a brick or something,” he said. “My head was turned away so I couldn’t see.”

Meragan said the friends were on their way to a party on Hackney Road.

But he said when Lincoln drove away Joel, him and two others got into a taxi – with the intention of finding him.

“We got into the cab, [we were] going back to Hoxton Street to look for the people who pulled up on us,” he said.

Defending Olaribigbe, Stephen Kamlish QC questioned yesterday’s claims from prosecuting Anthony Orchard QC that the Astra was one of two vehicles tracking Joel and his friends on the night of his death.

He cited CCTV footage later in the night in which Olaribigbe can be seen driving his car within 100 yards of Joel and his friends at the junction between Diss Street and Hackney Road.

In the clip, members of the group Joel was in are pointing and looking at the car due to the incident on Hoxton Street.

Mr Kamish QC argued that Olaribigbe would have easily been able to see the group while pausing at the junction, but pointed out that he did not approach them and drove in the opposite direction.

Olaribigbe of Regents Court, Hoxton, denies the charge of murder.

His co-defendant Georgie Phillips, 20, of Hood Walk, Romford, also denies murdering 15-year-old Joel Adesina.

The trial continues.

Related articles

Latest Romford News Stories

15:02

The friends and family of three-year-old Isla Caton - who has a rare form of cancer - held a special early birthday party for her before she leaves to go for specialist treatment in Barcelona.

A knife-wielding thug who carried out a string of violent robberies in Havering and a burglary in Ilford is due to be sentenced today (August 17).

11:48

A community that has been left “disappointed” after the decision to build on a contentious open space by their homes was given the green light.

14:15

A popular tea shop organised a special celebration for their first anniversary in Hornchurch.

09:33

Police are trying to find Rachael Joseph who has been missing since yesterday afternoon.

07:00

Two beloved historical societies in Havering that have been around for more than 50 years folded due to declining membership.

Yesterday, 17:00

Curiosity Killed the Cat are just one of the highlights of the 40th Anniversary Havering Show this August Bank Holiday weekend.

PROMOTED CONTENT

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now