A man has been found guilty of the murder of a man who was lured to his death in Bromley.
Kevin Lusala, 23 of Eldred Drive, Orpington was found guilty of fatally stabbing Ayodeji Habeeb Azeez, 22 on Sunday, 4 November 2018 in a car park, at the rear of Grace Mews, Bromley.
Lusala along with three other defendants were on trial for murder and conspiracy to rob.
Chaise Gray 24, of Harding Court, Lancaster Road, SE25 and a 17 year-old girl (who was 16 at the time) were found guilty of conspiracy to rob and not murder, as previously charged.
Another man aged 18 (although, he was 17 at the time of the stabbing) was found not guilty of murder or conspiracy to rob.
The jury heard how the victim, Ayodeji had left his home address in Dagenham around 11:00am that day and drove his blue BMW to Anerley in Bromley.
Ayodeji had been tricked into thinking he was meeting up with the female defendant who had been in contact with him earlier to arrange to meet up.
However waiting for him instead was a group of young men waiting to rob him; one of which, Lusala was armed with a large knife.
They set upon Ayodeji while he was still in his car and although he tried to defend himself, he was overwhelmed.
Lusala stabbed Ayodeji multiple times before Gray took to the wheel of the victim’s car and drove away with it towards Marlow Road before abandoning it a few streets later.
Ayodeji managed to leave the scene in the opposite direction shouting for help. He staggered to an address in Samos Road where he managed to alert the occupants before collapsing.
The Met’s detectives from Specialist Crime South launched a murder investigation and immediately cordoned off the scene and and specialist officers examine for forensic evidence. Through the course of the investigation Ayodeji’s blood was found at key locations including at the scene in the car park and on the driver’s seat of his car.
A post-mortem was carried out two days later at the Princess Royal Hospital Mortuary that confirmed Ayodeji was stabbed a total of 16 times across his body by a knife. It was evident Ayodeji has suffered extensive internal and external bleeding.
Detectives spoke with numerous individuals including witnesses following the attack before making the arrest of on 9 November, Gray on 12 November, Lusala on 19 November and on 10 December.
Three other individuals were arrested in the course of the investigation however were later released with no further action.
DCI Mark Cranwell who led the murder investigation from Specialist Crime South said, “These are a tragic set of events that has resulted in the worst possible outcome – the loss of young man’s life. A grieving family have been deprived of all that Ayodeji may have become.
“Ayodeji was unsuspectingly led to his death that day by someone whom he was hoping to meet as a friend, I can’t imagine his horrific realisation to find instead, a group of males intent on malicious action.
“I would like to thank his family who have shown such courage during the course of the investigation”.
Sentencing will be on Friday, 20 December at the Central Criminal Court.