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Kelvin Chibueze: Four guilty over Ilford stab death

Lerone Boye, Roger Damali, Hugo Nwankwo and Dale Williams
Image caption The four were found guilty of murder

Four men have been found guilty of killing a teenager who was stabbed at a birthday party in east London.

Kelvin Chibueze, 17, of Croydon, south London, was fatally stabbed inside the Arteflex Club in Ilford High Road in August last year, the Old Bailey heard.

He was then chased outside and attacked by youths using champagne and brandy bottles as weapons, jurors were told.

Dale Williams, 21, Lerone Boye, 25, Roger Damali, 31, and Hugo Nwankwo, 18, were found guilty of murder.

They were remanded in custody and are due to be sentenced next month.

Jurors heard Kelvin was attacked as two groups of males clashed at the party in the early hours of 15 August last year.

Richard Whittam QC, prosecuting, said Kelvin was confronted inside the club by youths brandishing knives.

Four knives

Image caption Kelvin Chibueze was stabbed several times in the attack last year

A woman working at the bar saw people pushing backwards towards the bar.

Mr Whittam said: "She then saw a number of boys picking up champagne and Hennessy brandy bottles from the bar and running out of the club with them."

Outside the club Kelvin's friends ran off and he was stabbed again by two men in an adjoining car park near Ilford police station.

The court heard as Kelvin collapsed, he clutched his chest and said: "I can't breathe, I can't breathe."

He had been fatally stabbed in the chest as well as suffering stab wounds to his left forearm, left buttock and one of his palms.

Police found four knives which had traces of Kelvin's blood on them in the area.

Mr Whittam said: "The killing was brought about by the endemic carrying of knives by young men."

Joel Asare-Minta, 24, and Dephy Menga, 23, both from Ilford, were found not guilty of all charges.

Ibrahim Zakari, 21, of Barking, was found guilty of violent disorder and sentenced to two years in prison - equivalent to the amount of time he has spent on remand.

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