Schoolboy, 14, admits stabbing Haile Langa in Kilburn but denies murder
PUBLISHED: 12:51 18 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:56 18 April 2016
The trial of a schoolboy, 14, and two men accused of stabbing to death a 21-year-old in Kilburn has begun.
Haile Langa, 21, from Kilburn, died after he was knifed in the heart in Watling Gardens, off Shoot Up Hill, on November 5 last year.
Today at the Old Bailey Imaan Farjani, 19, of Unity Close, Willesden, Ahmed El-Sayed, 20, of Watling Gardens, Kilburn, both alleged drug dealers, and the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are in the dock accused of murder.
Jurors heard Mr Langa predicted he would ‘make headlines’ on the morning he was stabbed over a £2,000 drugs debt.
The court was told he sent WhatsApp messages to his girlfriend saying he was terrified for his life over his debt.
In one he wrote: “I’m not in the mood so leave me alone, I’m either going to go to prison or commit suicide.”
Later he messaged: “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 no I’ve got nothing left but a £2,000 debt.
“I’m going to make headlines today.”
The court heard Mr Langa was picked up by a white Mercedes driven by Farjani with the 14-year-old in the passenger seat.
They drove to where El-Sayed lived and parked at the entrance to the car park.
After a few minutes, CCTV footage captured the car reversed rapidly out of the car park and Mr Langa is seen running out of it with Farjani and the boy in pursuit before he is cornered by El-Sayed.
The 14-year-old has admitted the stabbing, but claims it was an accident.
The boy, El-Sayed and Farjani all deny murder.
The trial continues.