Murderer of South London dad tried to flee to Africa with fast track passport after Peckham stabbing

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The mother of a young South London dad who was fatally stabbed last year has thanked police after they caught his killer who'd tried to flee to Africa. Rohan Trotman, 26, was stabbed on the evening of Sunday, June 25, 2023, in Gordon Road near to the junction with Nunhead Green, Peckham.

A court heard that Mr Trotman had been cycling home from Croydon on his new electric bike, when he was attacked by Yusuf Kallon and another man. The latter fled the country shortly afterwards, the Metropolitan Police Service says.

The pair left Rohan bleeding in the street with multiple stab wounds, and he died the next day in hospital. Kallon has now been jailed for his murder and will serve a minimum of 28 years.

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Yusuf Kallon has been jailed for the killing -Credit:The Met

Kallon, 20, of Marmont Road, Peckham, was also charged with two counts of robbery and possession of an offensive weapon. He was also found guilty of the two robbery charges. Kallon was found not guilty the offensive weapon charge. Detectives have revealed that Kallon was making 'desperate plans to flee', by making credit card payments to a holiday company in Spain, booking a flight to Sierra Leone and paying for a new fast-tracked passport.

The court was told that Kallon's accomplice successfully fled the UK 'before police could link him to the murder and make an arrest'. Both had committed a robbery earlier that day, shortly before the murder, stealing a motorbike from the Waterloo area, police say.

Victim 'much loved son, partner and brother'

Rohan's mother, Debra, said: "I would like to thank the exemplary efforts of the police in bringing Kallon to justice."

Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing arrested and charged 19-year-old Yusuf Kallon within two weeks of the killing. A jury heard how detectives proved Kallon had dumped his phone shortly after the murder, and spent hundreds of hours on intensive CCTV trawls to identify him as a suspect.

On Monday, June 3, a jury convicted Kallon of murder and two counts of robbery. He was sentenced at Inner London Crown Court on Friday, June 28, to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 28 years.

Detective Chief Inspector Laurence Smith, who led the investigation, said: "Rohan was a much loved son, partner, and brother. Put simply, he was killed by Kallon for his new electric bike in a senseless attack that has devastated a family.

"I am glad that the jury saw through Kallon's lies, and I would like to thank my team for their diligent work which allowed clear and incontrovertible evidence to be shown in court. The sentencing reflects the seriousness of this offence and it is right that Kallon will spend a significant period of time in prison.

"My thoughts and condolences remain with Rohan's family, and I hope they can find some small measure of comfort in that fact Kallon has been jailed."

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