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Two guilty of murdering teenager in Barking

Two people have been found guilty of killing a teenager in Barking.

Hasan Ozcan was stabbed to death in Linsdell Road in February 2018.

Kareem Lashley-Weekes, 21, and a 16-year-old boy from Dagenham, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were found guilty of Hasan’s murder and violent disorder today following a trial at the Old Bailey.

Jonathon Efionayi, 22, of Lodge Avenue, Dagenham, and Kamaal Modest, 22, of Fairfield Close, Merton, were found guilty of violent disorder.

All four will be sentenced on a date to be set.

Kareem Lashley-Weekes was found guilty of murder and violent disorder.

Police were called at 10.11pm on Saturday, 3 February 2018 to reports of a stabbing.

Officers attended and found Hasan suffering from multiple stab wounds.

The 19-year-old was still alive but, despite being given first aid by police and then treatment from paramedics, he passed away at 10.55pm.

A post-mortem examination carried out at Queen’s Hospital mortuary on Tuesday, 6 February 2018, established that cause of death was a stab wound to his thigh; this had severed several arteries causing substantial blood loss.

Hasan was stabbed a total of seven times and had wounds to his chest, abdomen, left arm and both thighs.

Investigators found it was a revenge attack after one of the defendants’ friends was stabbed on the same evening.

Lashley-Weekes was arrested on suspicion of murder and violent disorder on Sunday, 11 February 2018.

The 16-year-old was arrested on suspicion of murder and violent disorder Friday, 16 February 2018. 

Both Modest and Efionayi were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder on Thursday 1 November 2018. All four were charged that day.

Kaamal Modest was convicted of violent disorder.

 

Jonathon Efionayi was found guilty of violent disorder.

Detective Sergeant Jake Ellis, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “This was an unnecessary loss of life and Hasan’s family have been left devastated. He was set upon and brutally attacked in the street in the most violent way. 

“We have seen justice today but nothing can bring him back so he can live the life he deserved. 

“The dignity of Hasan’s family throughout this traumatic process has been remarkable.

“They were very nearby when Hasan was murdered and could only stand-by he was given first aid, which was ultimately in vain. 

“That night will never leave them, nor will the loss of Hasan. I do hope that today’s verdict brings a small measure of comfort to them as they continue to grieve.” 

In a statement, Hasan’s family, said: “Hasan was a loving, caring, considerate and compassionate young man who loved socialising and playing sports.

“He had bright future ahead of him. He was studying criminology and had hoped to work with young offenders, when he was brutally murdered.

“He was a wonderful son to his parents, a caring and loving older brother to his two brothers and a devoted friend to all his friends. We all desperately miss him.”

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