Published: 17:04, 06 January 2020
A murder victim was stabbed 16 times as he sat in the driver's seat of his new BMW after being lured to a car park in a 'honey trap' robbery plot.
Ayodeji Habeeb Azeez managed to stagger to a nearby house in Anerley, near Bromley, where he alerted the occupants who dialled 999 but he could not be saved and he was pronounced dead at the scene 30 minutes later.
The 22-year-old had set off from his house in Dagenham at 11am on November 4 2018 after chatting to a 17-year-old girl on Snapchat.
But when he reached the location where they had arranged to meet he was ambushed by a group of men.
Among them was Kevin Lusala, 23, of Eldred Drive, Orpington, who knifed the victim repeatedly.
The group then fled in Mr Azeez's BMW with Chaise Gray, 24, of Lancaster Road, South Norwood, at the wheel. The car was abandoned a short distance away and the victim's blood was found on the front seat.
Murder detectives soon arrested Lusala, Gray, a 17-year-old girl and an 18-year-old man and charged them with murder and conspiracy to rob.
Today at the Old Baily Lusala, who was previously found guilty of both charges, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 30 years for the murder and 12 years to run concurrently for the plot.
Gray was received a 10-year term and the girl, who ran off before the killing, received a three-year youth referral order. Both were convicted of conspiracy to rob but cleared of murder.
The fourth defendant was cleared of his involvement.
DCI Mark Cranwell, who led the murder investigation, said: “Ayodeji was stabbed numerous times after being lured to a car park. The brutal way in which he was attacked is truly shocking.
“Three people have today been jailed for their involvement in events that day; Lusala is facing the next 30 years in prison for his role in taking a young man’s life.
“I would again like to thank his family who have shown such courage during the course of the investigation.”
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