Colchester man denies role in London gang clash murder

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A Colchester man has denied being involved in the “ferocious” killing of a teenage boy just metres from his front door in a gang clash.

Marcel Addai, 18, from Hoxton, north London, was “stabbed and slashed” multiple times in the chest and thigh and then left “for dead”, jurors were told.

Prosecutor Mark Heywood QC said Mr Addai was killed because he was associated with the Hoxton Boys which was involved in “hostilities” with the Fellows Court gang.

Seven men, aged between 19 and 23, are on trial at the Old Bailey accused of the murder on the evening of Friday September 4 last year.

Among them is Rickell Rogers, 21, from Colchester.

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The gang allegedly came in a convoy of three cars and most of them got out and went for one of the opposing group who was moving slower than the others, Mr Heywood said.

As Mr Addai’s friends ran away, the men cornered him and attacked him as he lay balled up on the ground.

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The prosecutor told jurors: “It was not one blow – they kept at their work until he was mortally injured.

“You will not have to decide if the killing was murder. It was, and of the most brutal and ferocious kind.”

Afterwards the killers made off in the cars and split up to “lie low”, he added.

He told jurors they would have to decide if each defendant was involved in the plan, although it was understood they would not deny being present.

Rogers, along with Sodiq Adebayo, 23, from Worthing, Sheku Jalloh, 23, from north London, David Oladimeji, 21, from Ilford, Eugene Ocran, 19, of north London, Akeem Gbadamosi, 22, from Clapton, and Momar Faye, 19, from Hoxton, deny murder.

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