Teenagers on trial for murder after youth centre stabbing

Glendon Spence was pronounced dead at the scene

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Two teenagers are facing murder charges after a man was stabbed to death at a London youth centre in a “swift and merciless attack”.

A 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named, has been accused of fatally stabbing 23-year-old Glendon Spence at the Marcus Lipton Youth Centre in Brixton in south London on February 21.

He is standing trial for murder alongside fellow alleged attacker 18-year-old Chibuzo Ukonu at the Old Bailey.

Members of the victim's family broke down in tears and left court as prosecutor Julian Evans outlined the attack, which was caught on CCTV and lasted a matter of seconds.

Mr Spence was a regular at the Brixton youth centre, where he sought safety from the pursuit of two hooded attackers armed with knives.

As he was being chased, he tripped and fell by a table tennis table. While he was down he was allegedly set upon by one of them with what prosecutors called “a number of downward stabbing blows”.

“He was the victim of a swift and merciless attack,” Mr Evans added.

Mr Spence was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering a stab wound to his thigh which severed a major artery.

The teenagers were allegedly dropped off by a BMW Series 5 car which was later found fire-damaged and abandoned in south London.

The next day, Ukonu took a coach to Manchester while his co-accused was arrested as he attempted to take a flight to Uganda from Heathrow Airport.

Both defendants have denied murder - the 17-year-old denied being present at all while Ukonu accepted being there with a knife but denied intending to harm anyone or cause any injuries to Mr Spence.

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