Ayoub Hassan: Boy ‘murdered teenager and fled on Boris Bike’

A boy stabbed a teenager in the heart behind a Waitrose store and then made his getaway on a “Boris Bike”, a court has heard.

College student Ayoub Hassan, 17, was attacked at the back of the supermarket in Kensington, west London, on the afternoon of 7 March.

He died two hours afterwards in hospital from a wound to his chest, the Old Bailey heard.

A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denies his murder.

Prosecutor Anthony Orchard QC said Ayoub was with a group of youngsters seen loitering and smoking around an alleyway off Lanfrey Place.

The court heard just after 14:00 BST, one was heard to shout “Oi this way, this way” with another youth seen holding Ayoub, who was slumped and limp.

A trainee nurse rushed over to help and when she asked what had happened, she was told: “No he’s been stabbed.”

She called for an ambulance and when she asked for police, one male allegedly replied: “No police.”

Police at murder scene
Ayoub Hassan was found stumped in an alleyway off Lanfrey Place. Image copyright: PA Media

The court heard CCTV footage allegedly showed the defendant, who was aged 15 at the time, approach Ayoub and become “agitated”.

Mr Orchard said: “Suddenly (the youth) punched out with a knife, once, striking Ayoub in the chest. You can see the blade of the knife.”

He said the defendant was “captured on CCTV mounting a Boris Bike that had been left nearby and cycling away”.

Jurors heard another member of the group dropped a folding lock knife into a nearby drain, which was later recovered by police.

The defendant denies murder but has pleaded guilty to a second charge of having a knife on 7 March.

Mr Orchard said the prosecution’s case rested on the fact that the defendant “attacked Ayoub Hassan without any justification”.

“He did so unlawfully. He was not acting in lawful self-defence,” he said.

The trial continues.

Flower tributes
Flowers were laid near where the 17-year-old was found. Image copyright: PA Media

First published 20.08.19: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-49404807

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