Youth guilty of stab murder glorified in drill rap video

A youth has been found guilty of the murder of a boy in a gang ride-out glorified in a drill rap video.

Bubacar Jabbie Dukureh, 17, who was known as Buba, was walking back to his home in Walthamstow, east London, when he was attacked by five teenagers on the evening of October 23 2020, the Old Bailey heard.

Buba, who was alone, was stabbed through the chest and collapsed in his front garden in a pool of blood.

A resident of Westbury Road raised the alarm and police and medics arrived but Buba could not be saved and he was pronounced dead at 9.57pm, the jury was told.

Jurors were told a “painstaking” investigation uncovered a vast quantity of CCTV covering the time around the killing.

Prosecutor James Dawes KC said the footage uncovered a hostile group of five youths, two on bicycles and three on foot.

Following an earlier trial, Samuel Bartley, 19, Jamal Dakissaga-Benitez, 19, Alfie Ferguson, 19, and Kaiyan Decordova, 20, were found guilty of murder.

A fifth youth, aged 17, had denied being involved and was found guilty of murder on Monday following a trial at the Old Bailey.

The jury had deliberated for more than 25 hours and reached its verdict by a majority of 10 to one.

The defendant, who was 15 at the time, was not part of the earlier trial because he was abroad and only returned to the UK a week before it started.

Mr Dawes had told jurors: “It is the prosecution case that the attacking group were on a ride-out to an area controlled by rival gangs. They carefully prepared for this ride-out in advance.”

The attackers were associated with the Higham Hill or Priory Court Boys gang which was in rivalry with neighbouring gangs called Drive Marlowe, and St James or the Mali Boys.

“It is the Crown’s case Buba had the appearance for them of a Mali Boy and that was sufficient to get him killed,” the prosecutor said.

Jurors were played a video clip set to a drill rap which was found on the phone belonging to the defendant Ferguson and focused on the victim’s address.

Mr Dawes said the video appeared to be “glorifying” the murder and was intended to be uploaded to the internet.

He told jurors: “The trip was a carefully planned ride-out to invade a rival gang territory to provoke and if necessary confront rivals.”

The defendant was remanded into custody to be sentenced on a later date to be fixed.