Barking stabbing: Two charged with murdering 16-year-old Joshua Bwalya

Joshua Bwalya

Joshua Bwalya - Credit: Metropolitan Police

Two men have been charged with murdering Barking teenager Joshua Bwalya.

Kareem Lashley-Weekes, of Maryland Park, Stratford, and Ayrton Ambrose from Glengall Road, Southwark, were charged with the murdering the 16-year-old.

The men, both aged 19, are also charged with two counts of attempted murder of another 16-year-old male youth and a 20-year-old man.

They will appear at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court later today.

An 18-year-old man has been bailed pending further enquiries to a date in September.


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Joshua, who lived in Shipwright Court, Abbey Road, was found with fatal stab wounds in Movers Lane, Barking, at 1am on August 2.

Paramedics attending the scene pronounced him dead on arrival.

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He had just finished his GCSEs and was due to start a business course at college.

A talented footballer, Joshua played for Barking FC’s youth team. A memorial game in his honour between the club’s youth squads is scheduled for 1pm on Sunday, August 20.

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