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Youth’s stabbing of former Havering schoolboy was ‘self-defence’

PUBLISHED: 10:37 10 November 2010 | UPDATED: 15:55 12 November 2010

VICTIM: Olukorede Fajinmi

VICTIM: Olukorede Fajinmi

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A 16-YEAR-old boy who stabbed a former St Edwards School pupil to death in the street, was cleared of murder last week after a judge ruled he acted in self defence.

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, plunged a knife into the heart of Olukorede Fajinmi, 17, of Park Avenue, Ilford, during a clash between two rival gangs.

Olukorede attended St Edwards Church of England School, in London Road, Romford, for five years, leaving in 2008.

It emerged during the Old Bailey trial that Olukorede, also known as Korede, was part of a group of “Dagenham Boys” who had just left a party at the Powerleague Leisure Centre in Beckton, east London, on February 19.

Witnesses told how they spotted a larger group from the “Harts Lane” gang in Barking and charged them, forcing them to flee.

The 16-year-old was caught and stabbed in the shoulder twice by Korede before taking out his own knife and causing the fatal injury, jurors heard.

Peter Beaumont QC said: “Starting on the premise that it was [the 16-year-old] who caused the deceased’s death by stabbing in the chest, the Crown has nevertheless to prove that he caused the death unlawfully.

“That is to say not in necessary and reasonable self defence. In focusing on that issue and examining the evidence available to the prosecution, I have come to the conclusion that the prosecution do not cross that threshhold.”

The prosecution dropped a charge against a second teenager who was said to have stabbed the 16-year-old boy in the shoulder in revenge for the killing of Olukorede.

Jurors will now only have to consider whether the second youth, also 16, and his 47-year-old mother perverted the course of justice by hiding his bloodstained jacket – a charge they deny.

The trial continues.


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