Life sentence for Orpington robber who murdered Dagenham man lured by ‘honey trap’

Kevin Lusala was found guilty of murder. Picture: Met Police

Kevin Lusala was found guilty of murder. Picture: Met Police - Credit: Archant

A robber from Orpington has been jailed for at least 30 years for stabbing a young Dagenham man to death after he was lured into a “honey trap” on Snapchat.

Ayodeji Habeeb Azeez from Dagenham who was fatally stabbed in Anerley. Picture: Met Police

Ayodeji Habeeb Azeez from Dagenham who was fatally stabbed in Anerley. Picture: Met Police - Credit: Archant

Ayodeji Habeeb Azeez, 22, was targeted in November 2018 after "proudly" posing on social media with his new BMW car.

A 17-year-old girl, who was spared jail, had ensnared him on Snapchat under the direction of Kevin Lusala, 23, known as Krimbo, and arranged to meet him in Anerley.

She gave her innocent victim a hug before directing him towards a car park, where Lusala and another robber were lying in wait to ambush him.

She has told jurors: "I got into the car and hugged him. I knew he was about to be robbed.

"I felt sorry for him but I had no feelings for him. I just did not want to be there when it was happening."

When he tried to resist the robbery, Lusala stabbed Mr Azeez 16 times with a large knife.

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Mr Azeez stumbled into the road and was pronounced dead, despite efforts of paramedics to save him.

Chaise Gray, 24, then stole Mr Azeez's car but abandoned it a few streets away, jurors heard.

At his trial, Lusala, who went by Krimbo and Krimz on social media, claimed a mystery man called "Drago", who had gold teeth and tattoos, was responsible for the killing.

Following a trial at the Old Bailey, the jury rejected his explanation and found Lusala guilty of murder and conspiracy to rob.

The girl had admitted being part of the robbery plot and Gray was found guilty of the same charge.

Father-of one Lusala was joined by his co-defendants, all from south-east London, at the Old Bailey to be sentenced by Judge Mark Dennis QC.

The court heard Lusala, of Eldred Drive, Orpington, had a string of convictions dating back to when he was 14, including for robbery and possessing a 10cm long knife.

The judge handed Lusala a a life sentence with a minimum term of 30 years in jail for murder and 12 years for the plot to rob Mr Azeez, to run concurrently.

Gray, of Harding Court, South Norwood, swore and muttered angrily as he was jailed for 10 years.

The 17-year-old girl, who ran off before the killing, wept as she was handed a three-year youth rehabilitation order.

Judge Dennis said the conspiracy to rob Mr Azeez was helped by the "comparative anonymity provided by social media".

He said: "This had been a planned ambush with the deceased being lured from his home in Dagenham with the expectation of meeting a female.

"This was a truly shocking and cruel attack carried out in broad daylight in a residential area."

Such "gratuitous violence" would have horrified and traumatised anyone who witnessed it, he said.

He said Lusala was a manipulative character and the "vulnerable" female defendant had been put under "undue influence" by older man.

Following the trial, she had written a "letter of apology and remorse" for her part in the plot which led to Mr Azeez's death.