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Man convicted of murder for stabbing in Poplar park

Yasin Omar Amare, 29, has been convicted of murder

A man has been convicted of murder after a stabbing in a park in Poplar.

Yasin Omar Amare, 29, of Pawleyne Close, Penge brutally attacked Gleb Stanislavovitch Zhebrovsky (known as Gleb Stal-noy) in the Lansbury Estate Park, in June last year.

He was found guilty of murder following a re-trial at the Old Bailey yesterday.

The pair knew each other through an acquaintance but tensions between them had built up prior to the murder.

Gleb had received a text from Amare on the morning of Saturday, 15 June 2019.

The victim, who was relaxing with a friend, said that he needed to go and see Amare with a view to resolving their issues.

Both men went to a flat in Ellesmere Street, where Amare was staying, and spoke to him and another man through an open window of the flat.

Amare told Gleb to meet him in nearby Lansbury Estate park.

At around 2pm, Amare alongside the other man, approached the pair who were sat on the grass in the park. He then proceeded to stab Gleb three times who sadly died at the scene.

The perpetrator ran off, later even taking a DLR and then a train to Croydon in an attempt to evade capture.

Amare was quickly identified as the prime suspect and traced back to a hotel in south London, where he was hiding.

He was arrested and initially denied all knowledge of the incident. As he was questioned further about the events in the park, he then refused to answer any questions.

Evidence including eye witness accounts, CCTV and mobile phone analysis, conclusively proved Amare was at the scene and was responsible for Gleb’s murder.

Detective Inspector Tom Williams of Specialist Crime led the investigation and said: “This was a brutal and clinical attack, carried out in broad daylight in a public place, that left Gleb with little chance of survival.

“The fact that witnesses report he was relaxed and chatting with his friend in the moments prior to the attack, only illustrates its explosive ferocity.

“The motive behind Amare’s decision to attack Gleb has not been conclusively established. However, what is undeniably clear is that Amare armed himself with the intention of attacking Gleb and causing him serious injury.

“I am pleased that Amare has been brought to justice and will now face a significant amount of time behind bars.”

The jury had failed to reach a verdict following the initial trial at the Old Bailey which concluded on Monday, 23 December last year.

Amare will be sentenced at a later date.


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