Boachie killer found guilty of murder

PUBLISHED: 13:54 24 June 2008 | UPDATED: 10:18 11 August 2010

Stephen Boachie

Stephen Boachie

A PARTYGOER who stabbed a Jehovah s Witness to death in a petty row over a girl is facing life behind bars today (Tues). Chester Dauda, 21, plunged a knife in to the heart of 17-year-old Stephen Boachie shortly after he had left a New Year s Eve Party. St

A PARTYGOER who stabbed a Jehovah's Witness to death in a petty row over a girl is facing life behind bars today (Tues).

Chester Dauda, 21, plunged a knife in to the heart of 17-year-old Stephen Boachie shortly after he had left a New Year's Eve Party.

Stephen, a Ghanian who was studying for his A-levels at Newham Sixth Form College, was the first of 27 teenagers to be killed in the capital in 2007.

He collapsed in a pool of blood on the forecourt of a petrol station next to the pub where he had been celebrating just minutes before and a few hundred yards from the his family home.

Stephen arrived in the UK six years ago and was hoping to study to become an engineer at Birmingham University.

CCTV film shown in court showed him happily chatting with girls inside the pub just before his death.

The row erupted after Stephen spoke to a girl Dauda had been out with that night.

Nigerian Dauda collected a blade from a friend's car and stabbed Stephen twice. He was dragged in to a waiting car by friends.

Dauda, nicknamed KB, was convicted of murder by a jury at the Old Bailey and was recommended for deportation.

The pair clashed just after 5am on New Year's Day last year in the car park of the Thatched House pub in Ripple Road, Barking, east London.

Dauda had been at the party with friends, but got talking to girls aged 14 and 17, who also knew Stephen, outside and eventually headed to a flat in Ilford where they continued drinking.

He returned in his friend's BMW around 5am and CCTV caught him chatting and arguing with a friend at the entrance to the Thatched House.

Prosecutor Mark Ellison QC said: 'There was initially a bit of a scuffle between them, but no more than that.

'Clearly angered by what had happened the defendant went back to a car he had been in which was parked just over the other side and returned to Stephen Boachie and stabbed him twice in the upper body.

Witnesses saw him clutching a knife in his hand and then a 'silver flash' as he plunged it in to the teenager's chest.

Surgeons from the Helicopter Emergency Service performing open heart surgery at the scene to try and close a hole in the right ventricle but he was declared dead at 10.55pm on January 1.

A second stab wound had sliced through his left kidney.

Stephen lived with his father Kwasi Boachie, 49, and stepmother Sandra Bonne, 45, while his two teenage brothers are still in Ghana

His mother, Isebella Akomiah, lives in Wood Green, North London.

Dauda, who arrived in the UK from Nigeria in 2001, was picked out as the knifeman in a video ID parade

He was arrested five weeks after the stabbing and told police he knew nothing about the incident.

He later changed his story and said he had been to the pub with friends and met a girl who he had taken back to a flat in Ilford.

He told officers a boy tried to steal from his pockets when he returned to the pub and he 'pushed him back and punched him' before leaving the scene.

Dauda, of Hollybush Street, Plaistow, east London, denied murder.

Judge Martin Stephens QC remanded Dauda in custody and will sentence on July 17.

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