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FOUND GUILTY: Edgware teenager gets 14 years after Brent Cross shopping centre killing

 Published on: 16th March 2022   |   By: Court Reporter   |   Category: Uncategorized

A 19-year-old man has been found guilty and sentenced over the killing of a man at north London shopping centre.

At the Old Bailey today, Bhoniefas Rexson of Buck Lane, NW9, received his sentence, having pled guilty to the charge of manslaughter at a previous hearing yesterday.

His victim was 21-year-old Gedeon Ngwendema, who was stabbed during a fight with Rexson, a gang member, at the Brent Cross Shopping Centre last year.

Police had been called to the complex at around 6:44pm on May 4 to reports of a brawl at the location, which was later established by homicide investigators to have been spontaneous.

Despite desperate efforts to save his life by emergency services, Ngwendema died at the scene from a single stab wound.

After the killing, Rexson was successfully apprehended by the centre’s security, shortly after which he was arrested by police on the scene. Confirmation he was the one who had inflicted the stab wound came following analysis of CCTV. A knife was also recovered afterwards that was linked to the incident.

DCI Linda Bradley, Specialist Crime, who led the homicide investigation said: “There are clearly no winners in this case. The tragedy of Gedeon’s death has remained with me throughout this investigation, and again today I wish to express my team’s heartfelt sympathies to his family.

“Rexson has also paid a significant price for what he has admitted was a loss of control. There is no doubt in my mind that his gang lifestyle was the reason for his appalling actions that evening.

“I also want to pay tribute to the security staff and management of the Brent Cross Shopping Centre, for their initial response to the incident and subsequent support for the investigation. I am very grateful to them.”

Three other men were arrested as part of the investigation, but all have been released without further action.

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