Three gangsters are found guilty of hunting man down and stabbing him to death with ‘zombie sword’ in front of terrified child, six, after gang bosses ordered hit on random innocent man
- Joshua White, 29, was fatally stabbed in Hackney, north London, April 26 2019
- Taylar Isaac, 20, and David Kerrigan, 20, were found guilty of murder at the trial
- Theo Momodu, 18, was also found guilty of murder, a charge he had admitted to
Three gangsters have been convicted of hunting a man and stabbing him to death with knives and a Zombie sword in front of a terrified child.
Joshua White, 29, was captured on CCTV fleeing from masked attackers and hiding inside a shop in Hackney, north London.
He was attacked by Theo Momodu, 18, and Taylar Isaac, 20, and David Kerrigan, 20, as he pushed a six-year-old girl in roller skates while he fled on April 26 2019.
Dashcam footage showed Metropolitan Police officers chasing the gang members after they crashed their vehicle whilst fleeing from police after they stabbed Joshua White, 29
Jurors at the Old Bailey trial heard how Momodu stabbed Mr White three times in the back with a 2ft-long red-tinted Zombie sword.
Isaac stabbed Mr White in the chest before the alleged young Stokey16 gang members targeted a second man who survived.
Kerrigan and Isaac were found guilty of murder, a charge which Momodu had admitted to.
All three men from Hackney were also convicted of wounding the second victim with intent.
Theo Momodu, 18, (pictured) has been convicted of murder after jurors at the Old Bailey trial heard how he stabbed Joshua White with a 2ft-long red-tinted Zombie sword
It was claimed they carried out the ‘carefully thought-through expedition’ after Momodu received a text message from a senior gang member.
In the text he was instructed to get some ‘notches on your blade’ or be ‘de-recruited’.
Mr White was not believed to have been specifically targeted as he had no gang affiliations and was about to start a job as a train driver.
The men made off on foot, with Kerrigan and Isaac still holding knives as they were chased by police officers
A fourth defendant, Harley McGivern, 20, also from Hackney, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice.
Jurors were shown CCTV images which captured the attack on Mr White, with two of the three masked men acting in a ‘pincer’ movement.
The six-year-old girl, who was unhurt in the incident, had been waiting for her father inside the shop.
Afterwards, they made off in a white Ford car as police were alerted by members of the public.
Minutes later, Rikkardo Butler was allegedly targeted as he walked with his partner, pushing a baby in a pram nearby.
He ran away, having suffered superficial stab wounds.
The attackers’ car was driven off at high speed, pursued by an armed police vehicle.
Joshua White, 29 (pictured) was captured on CCTV fleeing from masked attackers and hiding inside a shop in Hackney, north London, on April 26 2019
After the attack, the men made off in a white Ford car before crashing it, as police were alerted by members of the public
The Ford was caught on police dashcam footage crashing into parked vehicles before the men made off on foot, with Kerrigan and Isaac still holding knives.
Two more Zombie blades were recovered from the wreckage.
Momodu was caught by police, while the others made their way to McGivern’s home, where they changed their clothes.
Kerrigan and Isaac both denied being members of a gang.
Giving evidence, Kerrigan admitted being at the scene of Mr White’s killing, but he said he had been going to buy drugs and knew nothing of the attack plan.
Taylar Isaac, 20, (pictured) from Hackney, was found guilty of murder after the attack and he denied being part of a gang
David Kerrigan, 20, (pictured) was found guilty and had a previous conviction for a public order offence in 2018 in which he was heard to threaten to stab someone
Momodu’s defence dismissed Kerrigan’s claim, saying it was a gang-related ‘ride-out’.
Kerrigan had a previous conviction for a public order offence in 2018 in which he was heard to threaten to stab someone.
Both Kerrigan and Momodu denied getting out of the car when Mr Butler was attacked.
The jury deliberated for less than a day to reach unanimous verdicts.
Sentencing was adjourned until April 23.
A fourth defendant, Harley McGivern, 20, (pictured) also from Hackney, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice
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