Teenager died after being blasted with a shotgun, court told

Will Metcalfe
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Abdul Mayanja was blasted with a shotgun and died of his wounds in hospital, a court has heard. (PA)

A teenager was blasted to death with a shotgun after being asked: “What ends you from?”, a court has heard.

Abdul Mayanja, 19, was shot as he sat on a wall with a female friend in Stratford, east London, on the night of August 25 2017 and died from a single wound to the chest.

The Old Bailey heard on Monday he was approached in Well Street by two young men, one of whom was carrying a shotgun.

Prosecutor Anthony Orchard QC said: “Abdul was asked, ‘what ends you from?’ or ‘where you from?’.

A City of London police car outside the Central Criminal Court, also known as the Old Bailey, on Old Bailey, central London.

“Without waiting for an answer, Abdul was shot.

“The gunmen returned to a dark vehicle, which drove off.”

The court heard a grey Nissan Qashqai, which was allegedly used in the shooting, was found burning in the early hours of the following morning in Jade Close, in Canning Town, east London.

Four men, from east London, are standing trial accused of murdering Mr Mayanja.

Alex Simos, 20, from Manor Park; his cousin Marvin Simos, 22, from north Woolwich; Sean Obazee, 25, from Plaistow; and Braeden Henry, 24, from Silvertown, deny the charge.

Kieron Aransibia, 24, from Beckton, and Jade Thrower, 23, from Manor Park, east London, deny perverting the course of justice.

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Mr Orchard said: “The prosecution case is that the first four defendants were involved in the shooting in Well Street.

“The four of them were in the Qashqai, from which the gunman and one other had emerged and then returned to.

“Each of the four played a key role in the shooting, either as gunman, back-up or driver.

“The role of the fifth and sixth defendants was to assist afterwards by purchasing and supplying petrol from a local garage, to enable the ‘burning’ of the Nissan Qashqai to destroy potential evidence.

“The motive for the shooting may become clearer as the case develops.

“It appears Abdul Mayanja was an easy target. He was shot and left to die.”

The trial continues.