Trio jailed for 60 years after 'violent, pre-planned' murder of teenager Andre Aderemi in Croydon

Tom Powell
Jailed: the trio chased down and killed their victim following a long-running feud: Metropolitan Police

Three young men have been jailed for 60 years after being convicted of beating and stabbing a teenager to death in a pre-planned attack in south London.

Rodney Mukasa, 20, and Ali Zahawy, 19, were both handed life sentences at the Old Bailey on Thursday for the murder of 19-year-old Andre Aderemi in Croydon last August.

Fabio Cela, 19, was sentenced to 16 years after being convicted of the lesser charge of manslaughter.

The three men, all from Croydon, carried out their attack on the aspiring rapper following a long-running feud between him and Cela.

Teenage killing: a picture of victim Andre Aderemi, 19, taken from the GoFundMe page set up by his sister Sheniqua Shenz

There were several violent confrontations between them in the months leading up to the murder, police said. Andre’s family had even moved out of the area over fears for their safety.

However, Andre, a former John Ruskin College pupil, was targeted by the group in the Monks Hill Estate after they discovered he was visiting the area on August 16.

The group, carrying knives and a metal pole, chased him down the street before catching up and launching a brutal attack. They then got into a white vehicle and drove off.

Andre, who had been living in Chatham, Kent, died in hospital from his injuries later that evening.

A knife found thrown from the car following the murder (Met Police)

Meanwhile, Cela attended Croydon University Hospital with knife wounds to his head. When asked by police how he had sustained the injuries, he was uncooperative. Cela was subsequently arrested.

Police investigating the murder found three knives near the scene which had been thrown from the car, while a metal pole was found with Andre’s blood on it and Cela’s DNA.

Three knives were found by police near the scene of the crime (Met Police)

CCTV footage and clothing comparisons also led police to tracing the three suspects.

Cela and Mukasa were arrested the day after the incident and charged with murder. Zahawy was arrested on Sunday, August 21.

The third knife used to kill Andre Aderemi (Met Police)

Mobile phone footage filmed by Cela has emerged which shows Zahawi holding a large knife while behind the wheel and talking about “shanking”.

Detective Chief Inspector Sam Price, the senior investigating officer from the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "This is a good result and I am pleased that these three dangerous offenders will now serve substantial sentences.

"I would like to commend Andre's family for the way they have endured the trial, and been totally engaged with the police investigation throughout.

"I would also like to thank the community on the Monks Hill Estate, especially the young witnesses, who made statements and testified. Without their support and trust in police we may not have achieved this positive outcome for Andre."