University student, 20, ‘held mini cabs for gang so they could flee after stabbing M&S shop assistant to death in random postcode gang war murder’, court hears
- Anthony Adekola was knifed to death in Colindale, north-west London last year
- Three gang members were jailed for 57 years for M&S shop assistant’s murder
- Rehal Theobolds, 20, faces murder charge for alleged role in 22-year-old’s death
- Old Bailey heard he held two mini cabs for a gang so they could escape scene after the stabbing
- Theobolds, a university student from Canning Town, denies murder
A university student allegedly held mini cabs for a gang so they could escape after stabbing an innocent M&S shop assistant to death.
Anthony Adekola, 22, was returning home from a shift when youths wearing black face masks and bandanas leapt out of the two cars and chased after him.
He was fatally stabbed at least nine times in his head, neck, back and chest and had already died when paramedics arrived at the scene in Colindale, north-west London on September 5 last year.
Ta-Jaun Subaran, 20, and two 17-year-olds were jailed for 22, 18, and 17-and-a-half years respectively in November.
Anthony Adekola, 22, was returning home from work when a gang of youths wearing black face masks jumped out of mini cabs and stabbed him to death in a street in Colindale, north-west London
Rehal Theobolds, 20, is now facing a murder charge for the alleged role he played in Anthony Adekola’s death.
The Old Bailey was today told that Theobolds, a university student, had been with the gang as they travelled to Colindale and then allegedly told the drivers to ‘wait’ as the other men went off to murder Anthony as he walked home.
Prosecutor Bill Emlyn Jones said: ‘The evidence suggests… he was a member of a nine-strong group or gang, if that is not too controversial a term, who travelled heavily armed into rival territory with what can only be termed an express purpose of finding a victim and stabbing that victim.
‘Mr Theobolds was present with the group for approximately forty minutes, in other words the crucial period when taxis were being booked and the group were altogether.
‘Mr Theobolds accepts that he travelled with the group.
Another man, Rehal Theobolds, 20, is now facing a murder charge for the alleged role he played in Anthony Adekola’s (pictured) death
‘When interviewed he said he had no idea what was going on…and was just along for the ride.
‘He at least played a relatively proactive role in dealing with the taxi drivers.
‘He says he was the one member of the group who remained with the cabs.
‘He, stepping out of the car briefly, reassured the drivers to “just wait they are coming back”.
The defendant, appearing via video link from HMP Wormwood Scrubs in a grey tracksuit, spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.
The M&S shop assistant was stabbed at least nine times to his head, neck, back and chest and was dead when paramedics arrived, the Old Bailey heard
As counsel spoke in the Old Bailey, Theobolds could be seen on the live link.
Judge Simon Mayo QC said: ‘It is accepted…that Mr Theobolds did indeed travel to that group to the scene of the murder.
‘He said he had no prior knowledge of the purpose of that trip and asserts that he took no active part in the murder of Anthony Adekola.’
The student, previously living in university halls, was remanded into custody ahead of a plea trial and preparation hearing on February 25 next year.
A trial date has been set for November 21 2022.
Theobolds, of Newhaven Lane, Canning Town, east London, denies murder.