Croydon knife attack schoolgirl suffered multiple stab wounds, court told

Elianne Andam, 15, was stabbed to death last Wednesday morning in Croydon, south London
Elianne Andam, 15, was stabbed to death last Wednesday morning in Croydon, south London - Metropolitan Police/Pa/Metropolitan Police/PA

The 15-year-old schoolgirl killed in a knife attack in Croydon last week died of multiple stab wounds, the Old Bailey has been told.

Elianne Andam suffered fatal injuries as a result of the attack near a bus stop as she made her way to Old Palace of John Whitgift private school in south London.

The court was told that a special post-mortem examination carried out shortly after her death, last Wednesday morning, had identified “multiple stab wounds”.

Details of the attack emerged as a 17-year-old boy appeared in court charged with murder.

The boy, who cannot be identied because of his age, is also charged with possessing a kitchen knife in a public place without a reasonable excuse.

Appearing in the dock flanked by two prison guards, the boy, who was dressed in a black sweatshirt and tracksuit bottoms, spoke only to confirm his age.

Remanded in custody

He was remanded in custody at a secure youth detention facility to appear before the court on Nov 14 for a further hearing.

Judge Mark Lucraft KC also set a plea hearing for Dec 19 and a provisional trial from April 29.

Outlining a summary of the case, Alison Morgan KC told the court that Elianne met with two female friends on the morning of Sept 27 before she was attacked.

It is claimed her attacker, who was wearing a mask and gloves, had removed a large knife from his waistband and stabbed Elianne repeatedly.

Witnesses said a bus driver and other members of the public tried to save Elianne as she lay dying.

Ms Morgan told the court: “A special post-mortem examination subsequently identified multiple stab wounds. It was, the prosecution allege, a brutal attack.”

A boy was arrested in New Addington, about five miles from Croydon, just over an hour after the attack.

Overcome with emotion

Some members of Elianne’s family were overcome with emotion when they heard about the extent of her injuries, with her aunt, Marian, briefly fleeing the court in tears.

Last Thursday, the teenager’s family and friends held a vigil at the scene of her death. Elianne’s mother, Dorcas, broke down as she left flowers for her daughter.

A statement read out on behalf of the family by Rosemarie Mallett, the Bishop of Croydon, said: “We, as a family, are struggling to comprehend this painful tragedy that has happened to our beautiful daughter and beloved sister Elianne.

“Our hearts are broken and we are overwhelmed by sorrow and grief. Our faith in the Lord is strengthening us.

“We would like to express our gratitude to those who have taken the time to send us thoughtful and compassionate messages and prayers.”

The statement added: “Elianne was a beautiful person inside and out who loved Jesus. She was intelligent, thoughtful, kind and had a bright future ahead.”

The teenager, who was the 15th teenage victim of homicide in London so far this year, had planned to become a lawyer.