Friday 27 January 2017

Boy, 15, faces jail for fatally stabbing Fola Orebiyi during 'trivial' row in Notting Hill


A 15-year-old boy is facing jail today for stabbing to death a schoolboy near to London's world famous Portobello Road.

Fola Orebiyi, 16, was knifed in the neck and back following a "trivial" argument in the streets of Notting Hill on July 3 last year.

The 15-year-old who wielded the knife was today found guilty at the Old Bailey of murder following a trial. 

He remained emotionless as he was remanded in custody to be sentenced on February 10.

A 17-year-old boy who was accused of involvement in the killing broke down and sobbed as he was cleared by the jury.

Prosecutor Tim Cray told the court Fola lived close to the Portobello Road area where he was killed.

"The cause of the trouble that led to the stabbing seems to have been trivial, compared to the harm that came from it", he said.

In the weeks before the murder, one of Fola's friends had a fight with the 15-year-old killer, trading insults.

When they met again, Fola and his friends ran at the killer and his pals near the Portobello Road.
"Fola thought that the dispute was going to be sorted out by a fist fight and they all went to a location off the main roads", said Mr Cray.
"It turned out that this wasn't so much a fight as an ambush where, within seconds, Fola was singled out and stabbed to death."
The 15-year-old killer and his 17-year-old co-defendant both denied involvement in the attack. 
Neither could be identified because of their age. 

Via - Evening standard

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