Teenager charged with murder after man stabbed to death in broad daylight in east London

Rebecca Speare-Cole
The Met Police have named the victim as Abiola Olalekan Akerele
The Met Police have named the victim as Abiola Olalekan Akerele

A teenager has been charged with murder after a 28-year-old man was stabbed to death in Newham, east London.

Met Police officers were called to Stondon Walk in East Ham at 3.18pm on Tuesday following reports of a man being assaulted.

Officers were joined by the London Ambulance Service who found Abiola Olalekan Akerele with knife wounds.

London’s Air Ambulance was also deployed.

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Despite the efforts of the emergency services to save his life, the 28-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

Later that night at around 11pm, officers arrested Rayhan Yasin Ali, 18, at an address in Newham.

The teenager was charged with murder on Friday and was scheduled to appear at Thames Magistrates on Saturday.

A 17-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man were also arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday. Both remain in police custody.

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Akerele’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

A post-mortem exam later established the cause of death as a stab wound to the heart.

Detective Inspector Joanna Yorke from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command (Homicide) said: “Our investigation is continuing at pace and we are working tirelessly to give Abiola's family the answers they deserve.

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"This murder took place in daylight, in a residential area, at a time when we know many people were in their homes.

“I believe that there will be people in the local community who either saw, heard or know something about this incident. I urge those people to get in touch."

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, tweet @MetCC, quoting CAD 3667/29DEC, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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