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Dagenham man jailed for life for fatal machete attack

Daniel Boayke was sentenced yesterday

A drug dealer from Dagenham has been given a life sentence for violently murdering a man in South Ockendon.

Daniel Boayke, 32, of Weston Green, Dagenham, was told yesterday that he must serve a minimum of 11 years and eight months for a vicious machete attack on Daniel Adger, 34, in August 2017.

Boayke and another man, Zakaria Lahrar, went into a property in Eden Green and Boayke attacked Daniel, while the victim sat in a chair.

The assault then continued in the street outside as Daniel tried to flee.

Lahrar and Boayke left him dying in the street, with passers-by attempting to help save his life with first aid.

But, as paramedics rushed Daniel to hospital, he sadly passed away.

Police found Boakye and Lahrar met a third person, Connal Cocker-Dawkins, at a hotel in Grays shortly after the murder.

After analysing evidence, the trio were arrested by investigators.

In December 2017, Boayke pleaded guilty to murder, being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine, and possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

His sentencing at Basildon Crown Court was delayed until yesterday for legal reasons.

Zakaria Lahrar, 21, of Dee Close, Upminster, was previously given 14 years after being found guilty of murder at in September 2018.


Zakaria Lahrar was previously jailed for Daniels murder

Cocker-Dawkins, 22, of Denmark Street, Plaistow, was found not guilty of conspiracy to murder but had previously pleaded guilty of conspiring to supply cocaine.

He was jailed for three years in March 2018.

Connal Cocker-Dawkins was sentenced to three years behind bars

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Daniel Stoten, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “Daniel Adger was subjected to a violent attack and suffered terrible wounds which sadly led to his death.

“There have been some delays in Boakye’s sentencing due to legal reasons but he has been in prison since his arrest.

“Boakye and Lahrar will now spend a long time in prison and I hope that this brings some comfort to Mr Adger’s family.

“We will relentlessly pursue and bring to justice those that cause harm to others and we will not close any investigations until all of those responsible are held to account.”

Luis Jordan, 34, of Church Road in Manor Park, is due to stand trial for murder on Monday 24 February 2020.

He has also been charged with conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin, robbery, possession of a firearm, and causing grievous bodily harm.

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