Three in court over death of Croydon teenager

Murder Victim Kelvin Chibueze Pic: Metropolitan Police Service

Three men have appeared at the Old Bailey charged with the murder of Croydon teenager Kelvin Chibueze, who was stabbed to death last August.

Joel Asare-Minta, 21, of Dagenham, Diphy Menga, 23, of Ilford and a 17-year-old male who cannot be named for legal reasons, were charged with murder and violent disorder at Redbridge Magistrates’ court on March 2. A total of eight men have now been charged over his death.

The men appeared for a mention hearing at the Old Bailey earlier this week, and will reappear on April 20 for a plea and case management hearing.

Kelvin, who was 17 at the time, was stabbed to death during a fight between two rival gangs in Ilford last year. Police believed up to 20 youths were involved in the row, which broke out after a party in a building close to Ilford High Road. Kelvin was found in the street suffering from stab wounds and died soon after in the Royal London Hospital.

Five others have also been charged with murder and violent disorder, and will stand trial at the Old Bailey on September 3. They are: Dale Williams, 19, of Barking, Leone Boye, 24, no fixed address, Ibrahim Zakari, 20, of Barking, Kongolo Kongola, 20, of Plaistow and Roger Damali, 30, of Barking.

Kelvin was the ninth teenager to be murdered in London last year.

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