Boy, 14, is convicted of killing man in Kilburn over £2,000 debt

PUBLISHED: 13:16 11 May 2016 | UPDATED: 15:46 11 May 2016

Haile Langa was stabbed to death by the boy

Haile Langa was stabbed to death by the boy


A 14-year-old schoolboy has been found guilty of killing a man in Kilburn over a £2,000 debt.

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, knifed 21-year-old Haile Langa in the heart in an underground car park on November 5 last year.

Today at the Old Bailey the schoolboy was cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter.

Imaan Farjani, 19, of Unity Close, Willesden, was acquitted of murder by the jury and 20-year-old Ahmed El-Sayed, of Watling Gardens, Kilburn, was cleared on the direction of the judge.

The court heard Mr Langa had told girlfriend Gemma Morrison he was terrified for his life over a £2,000 drugs debt in a series of WhatsApp messages.

In one he wrote: “I’m either going to get rich or die trying. Today I’m on my last legs.

“They know everywhere I can go, they’re coming after my family - I do everything for them and now I’ve got nothing left but a £2,000 debt.”

He added: “I’m going to make headlines today.”

Mr Langa was picked up by a white Mercedes driven by Farjani on Tynemouth Road, and they drove to the Watling Gardens Estate and parked at the entrance to the car park with the nose of the Mercedes poking out.

After a few minutes, CCTV footage captured the car reversing rapidly into the depths of the car park.

El-Sayed was accused of cornering the victim as he fled the car park.

Mr Langa managed to flee the scene in Watling Gardens off Shoot Up Hill in Kilburn, but collapsed on a nearby grassy verge.

The youth admitted the stabbing, but claimed it was accidental as he tried to disarm the victim who was attempting to rob them.

Judge Mark Lucraft QC adjourned sentencing for reports to be prepared.

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