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Upminster man guilty of South Ockendon machete murder

PUBLISHED: 18:33 08 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:30 12 March 2018

Zakaria Lahrar and Daniel Boakye. Pictures: Essex Police

Zakaria Lahrar and Daniel Boakye. Pictures: Essex Police

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A man from Upminster has been convicted of murder following a machete attack in South Ockendon last summer.

Zakaria Lahrar, of Dee Close, was found guilty by a jury at Basildon Crown Court on Thursday, March 8 of murdering Daniel Adger, 35.

Connal Cocker-Dawkins, 20, of Denmark Street, Plaistow, was found not guilty of conspiracy to murder but had previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply cocaine. He was today sentenced to three years in a young offenders’ institute.

On Tuesday, December 19, Daniel Boakye, of Western Green, Dagenham, admitted murder and being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

Lahrar, 20, and Boakye, 30, will be sentenced at Basildon Crown Court at a date to be confirmed.

Just before 1pm on Monday, August 21 last year, Boakye and Lahrar entered an address in Eden Green, South Ockendon.

Mr Adger was attacked by Boakye with a machete as he sat in a chair. He then ran outside calling for help while Boakye continued to attack him with the machete, causing injuries to his legs, body and head.

Passers-by quickly came to his aid and attempted to dress Mr Adger’s wounds but he died while being transferred to hospital.

Boakye and Lahrar drove from the scene in separate vehicles.

Extensive police investigation revealed the involvement of Boakye, Lahrar and Connal Cocker-Dawkins. CCTV showed Lahrar and Cocker-Dawkins meeting at a hotel in Grays shortly after the murder.

A huge police investigation followed which identified extensive telephone, CCTV and other evidence proving the involvement of Boakye and Lahrar in the attack and the supply of controlled drugs by Cocker-Dawkins.

After today’s court case, senior investigating officer, Det Chief Insp Daniel Stoten, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “Daniel Adger was deeply loved by his family and they miss him a great deal. His mother Diane has been present throughout the trial and has listened to evidence about her son’s suffering that no mother should have to hear.

“The evidence clearly showed that Boakye and Lahrar conspired to attack Mr Adger and worked together before, during, and after the attack.

“Mr Adger was brutally attacked in the street by Boakye, a coward who armed himself with a machete and who inflicted the several terrible wounds that led to Mr Adger’s death. He then sauntered away and left him dying at the road-side.

“I would like to thank the members of public who bravely ran to help Mr Adger, providing him help, care, and comfort in his last moments.”

Lee Dowman, 51, of Lytton Road, Grays, was found not guilty of murder.

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