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Two Ilford teenagers found guilty of manslaughter

Marvin Ward (Left) and Alexis Morris (Right) will be sentenced on Friday, 4 February (Pics-Met Police)

Two teenagers from Ilford have been convicted of the manslaughter and robbery of 18-year-old Hussain Chaudhry. 

Marvin Ward and Alexis Morris, both 18 and from Ilford, were both found guilty on Friday, 17 December after a seven week trial at Wood Green Crown Court. 

They were both found guilty of maliciously wounding Hussain’s mother and brother during the incident; Morris was also found guilty of possession of a machete in a public place 

Another 18-year-old, Anthony Nguyen from Belvedere, was found guilty of assisting an offender. 

They will be sentenced on Friday, 4 February 2022

Hussain Chaudry was studying law at the SOAS University of London and sold clothes for extra cash (Pic-Met Police)

The court heard how Ward and Morris had agreed to meet with Hussain at his home on Lea Bridge Road to purchase a jacket which had been advertised on social media.

All three of the men met with Hussain, who was joined by two of his friends.

They then went into Hussain’s property after Morris asked if they had any other sizes. 

They offered to pay for the jacket before the pair proceeded to produce knifes and threaten Hussain and his friends. 

Morris started to search the rest of the property for more jackets whilst Ward phoned for a taxi and kept Hussain and his friends at knifepoint in a sitting room.

Hussain’s mother returned home, he attempted to protect her from the men with knifes, causing a commotion which led to his two brother coming out of their rooms in the house who managed to detain Morris. 

The altercation began and spilled out on to the street as one of the brothers attempted to stop Ward from fleeing in the taxi he had ordered. 

During the struggle, Hussain suffered a stab injury to his neck, his mother sustained a serious thumb injury and his brother suffered an injury to his hand. 

Emergency services were called but despite the best efforts of an off-duty doctor, Hussain died at the scene. 

Both Ward and Morris managed to flee.

The Met’s Specialist Crime Command carried out a fast-paced investigation and through CCTV and mobile phone analysis Ward and Morris were identified as the suspects.

Ward was arrested on March 19 and Morris was arrested two days later at an address in Luton after Nguyen had helped him to briefly evade police capture. 

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Stubbins said, “Hussain’s murder was a tragedy that shocked the community to its core. His life was tragically cut short due to the actions of two young men the same age as him.

“It could have been anybody’s son . He was a hardworking student studying law at the SOAS University of London. He kept himself out of trouble and was selling some clothes to make some extra cash. Ward and Morris went purposefully to Hussain’s family home to commit a robbery and steal the clothes.

“They had made clear arrangements to facilitate this by taking large machete style knives, fake money and stalling things to get into a booked taxi. If things went wrong, they would happily and willingly resort to threatening or using violence. The circumstances of a designer clothing sale should never have resulted in his life ending in such a brutal way.

“This case demonstrates the devastating consequences of arming yourself with a knife in order to commit crime.

“Hussain’s family, who tried to defend and protect him on the day, have not only been left with physical scars, but face the huge emotional and psychological burden of trying to come to terms with his death.

“I would like to pay tribute to the family and all the witnesses who have attended court to ensure that Hussain’s killers are brought to justice.”

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