Man extradited from St Lucia and charged with the murder of Harold Hill teenager

Champion Ganda, of Harold Hill, was stabbed to death in Forest Gate.

Champion Ganda, of Harold Hill, was stabbed to death in Forest Gate. - Credit: Archant

A third man has been charged with the murder of a Harold Hill teenager.

Champion Ganda, 17, was stabbed to death in broad daylight in 2013.

He was stabbed multiple times in Sandringham Road, Forest Gate, and died at the scene on May 9 of that year.

Devante Clifford, 20, of Lawrence Street, Canning Town, was arrested yesterday at Gatwick Airport and will appear before Thames Magistrates Court later today.

He is the first person to be extradited from St Lucia to the UK and was taken to an east London police station charged with the murder and manslaughter of Champion Ganda and attempted murder, GBH, wounding and ABH of a 16-year-old boy.

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Champion and his siblings moved to Havering from inner east London in 2010.

The eldest of seven, Champion was “like a dad in the house”, according to his mum Peggy Kato.

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Ms Kato has made calls since his death for more to be done in the borough to prevent others suffering the same fate.

Two other men charged with the murder in 2013 appeared at a plea and case management hearing back in March.

Marvin Simos, 19, of Canning Town, and Amani Lynch, 19, of Canterbury Way, Stevenage are both charged with the murder of Champion Ganda, attempted murder and GBH and have been remanded in custody ahead of trial on November 14.

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