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AFRICAN ECHO NEWS

BLUE WATCH

A special Column for community and Police issues.

WITNESS APPEAL

WE are appealing for witnesses and information after a murder in Tooting. Police were called at 01.30 on Sat. 16.12.06 to reports of an assault at the Rounded Oak pub in Mitcham Rd, Tooting.

A man was found collapsed outside the address - he was taken to St George's Hospital where he died shortly after arrival.

He was Isaac Kofi BENSON [10.9.81 - 25 ys] from Tooting. If it assists appeals, he is black. Mr Benson had been stabbed - we are not discussing how many times or where on the body.

A post mortem at St George's Hospital mortuary on 17.12.06 gave cause of death as a single stab wound to the heart.

An Incident Room is being set up under the Homicide and Serious Crime Command. We are keeping an open mind regarding the motive at this early stage.

The pub was very busy at the time and we are appealing for anyone who witnessed the stabbing or any kind of disturbance or altercation inside the pub shortly before 01.30 that morning to call us.

For the time being please contact Wansdworth police station on 020 7350 1122 and ask for the control room; if you wish to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Meanwhile two men [A - 25 ys; B - 19 ys] were arrested on 16.12.06 in connection with the inquiry - one was arrested at the scene and the second was arrested nearby. They were taken to separate south London police stations and were later bailed to return in early Jan. 2007 pending further enquiries.
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FIVE MEN SENTENCED FOR THE MURDER OF CHARLES OWUSU ANOKYE

FIVE young men have been sentenced at the Central Criminal Court to a total of 35 1/2 years imprisonment for their involvement in the unprovoked murder of 23- year-old Charles Owusu Anokye in Brixton on 1 August 2005.

They are:
A- Anwar HUSSAIN [11.04.89 - 17yrs] of SW9 was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment - to serve a minimum of 12 years;

B- Rico TRACEY [03.08.87 - 19yrs] of St Louis Court, St Louis Road, West Norwood was found guilty of violent disorder and sentenced to 2 years imprisonment;

D- Ben JATTO [13.04.1989 - 17yrs] of was found guilty of violent disorder and sentenced to 18 months detention and training;

F- Edwin BAMFO [02.04.88 - 18yrs] of Danbrook Road, SW16 was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment; and

H- Aaron ROBERTS [06.03.86 - 20yrs] of no fixed abode was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.

Charles Owusu Anokye, a 23-yearold Ghanian man, from Streatham Vale, was on a night out with friends when he was stabbed to death in a brutal attack outside a nightclub called The Mass Bar, Brixton in the early hours of Monday 1st August 2005.

It is thought that up to ten youths attacked Charles, repeatedly stabbing and kicking, continuing to do so even after he had fallen to the ground. He sustained a total of 13 stab wounds to his back and chest, with the fatal blow piercing his heart.

During the attack, Charles was also robbed of his wallet, mobile phone and keys.

Despite all of those involved in the attack wearing hooded tops, detectives were able to identify some by viewing CCTV footage taken from the area.

Following today's [18.12.06] sentencing, Detective Chief Inspector Dave Garwood, Homicide and Specialist Crime Command said: "The gang and knife culture shared by these defendants made it acceptable to take part in the brutal murder of Charles Anokye. He was stabbed 13 times, and, as he lay dying in the Churchyard, he was robbed, not to steal, but to humiliate, to remove the last vestiges of dignity that Charles had left. The gang's motive for killing Charles Anokye seems to be limited to the fact that he was not 'one of them'. For many reasons, the trial of the self-styled 'Muslim Boys' was a difficult case to prosecute. But, despite the travails and challenges of this trial, they are as nothing when compared to how society, in its widest sense, needs to confront the ethos that made this murder and the others like it possible"

 

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