Thursday 8 December 2016

Teen (16) stabbed to death in 'gang-related' attack

Tim Moynihan

Published 15/09/2015 | 17:09

Mohamed Dura-Ray, who was stabbed to death in Canterbury Place, Kennington, south London, at 10.20pm last night Credit: Family Handout/PA Wire
Mohamed Dura-Ray, who was stabbed to death in Canterbury Place, Kennington, south London, at 10.20pm last night Credit: Family Handout/PA Wire

A teenager has been stabbed to death.

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The boy, believed to be aged 16, sustained multiple stab wounds in the incident in Canterbury Place, Kennington, south London, at 10.20pm last night.

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene at 10.52pm.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Officers are in the process of informing next of kin. A post-mortem examination and formal identification will take place in due course."

A murder investigation has been launched led by Detective Chief Inspector Graeme Gwyn of the Yard's Homicide and Major Crime Command.

Inquiries are under way to establish the full circumstances, including whether the murder was gang-related.

Mr Gwyn said: "There was a large disturbance in Canterbury Place, during which the victim was fatally injured. I am appealing for anyone who witnessed this disturbance or has any information that may assist the investigation to contact us."

Anyone with information was asked to call the incident room at Lewisham on 020 8721 4805, or, to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

The spokesman said seven males had been arrested in connection with the incident. All are in custody at various south London police stations.

Locals on the estate where the murder took place gathered in small groups to discuss the incident.

They agreed it was out of character for the area.

Joanna Allen, 64, who has lived there for 11 years, said: "I thought it wasn't too bad round here, I've always felt safe. This is so sad."

Renah Hall, 25, a mother of two who grew up there, said: "It didn't used to be like this. There might be an argument or a fight, but nothing like this. I don't think there's enough for the young people to do."

Another woman, who declined to give her name, said: "You don't see the police walking around here any more."

Roy Morgan, 87, a retired electrician, who lives 150 yards from the scene, said: "This estate is all right, there's not a lot of trouble. I'm not worried for myself, I expect it's to do with gangs."

There was a tent at the scene of the stabbing, and officers stood guard at cordons in small streets around it.

Amin Dhanani, 64, manager of the Hampton Court Palace Hotel, round the corner from the scene, said: "I wasn't here last night but staff heard a commotion. They looked out but couldn't see anything.

"I suppose the deed was done, and people were running away.

"It's a good area, nice and quiet, so I'm surprised it happened here.

"Police have been to see if we have any CCTV - we do - and they are coming back later to look at it again. They are interested in a car which might have been involved."

The victim was named by relatives as Mohamed Dura-Ray, who lived on the Aylesbury Estate on the other side of the busy Walworth Road from the Newington Estate where the murder took place.

His tearful aunt Haja Sesay said Mohamed, known as Mo, was a Manchester United fan and a "typical boy".

She said: "Good friends, bad friends, just depends. Sometimes hanging around with the wrong people, typical of children today."

She had no idea what he was doing on the other estate, and they were not aware he was in any gang.

"He hadn't talked to anybody about any problems. We don't know what really happened, what went wrong, whether it was gang-related, or a case of mistaken identity."

Relatives said his mother is Mariama Baby Kamara and father Bangura Dura-Ray, who are from Sierra Leone. Mo was born in England.

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