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Teenager 'was blasted to death with a shotgun after being asked where he was from'

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A teenager was blasted to death with a shotgun after being asked where he was from, a court has heard.


Abdul Mayanja, 19, was sat on a wall with a female friend in Stratford, east London, when two men approached them, one of whom was carrying a gun.

He was shot and died of a single wound to the chest following the incident on Well Street on August 25 2017. 

The Old Bailey heard Mr Mayanja was an “easy target”. Prosecutor Anthony Orchard QC said: “Abdul was asked, ‘what ends you from?’ or ‘where you from?’

Abdul Mayanja’s family said they had lost their “beacon of light”

“Without waiting for an answer, Abdul was shot.

“The gunmen returned to a dark vehicle, which drove off.”

The court heard a grey Nissan Qashqai, which was allegedly used in the shooting, was found burning in the early hours of the following morning in Jade Close, in Canning Town, east London.

Four men, from east London, are standing trial accused of murdering Mr Mayanja.

Alex Simos, 20, from Manor Park; his cousin Marvin Simos, 22, from north Woolwich; Sean Obazee, 25, from Plaistow; and Braeden Henry, 24, from Silvertown, deny the charge.

Kieron Aransibia, 24, from Beckton, and Jade Thrower, 23, from Manor Park, east London, deny perverting the course of justice.

Nr Mayanja was with a female friend when they were approached by two men (Google)

Mr Orchard said: “The prosecution case is that the first four defendants were involved in the shooting in Well Street.

“The four of them were in the Qashqai, from which the gunman and one other had emerged and then returned to.

“Each of the four played a key role in the shooting, either as gunman, back-up or driver.

“The role of the fifth and sixth defendants was to assist afterwards by purchasing and supplying petrol from a local garage, to enable the ‘burning’ of the Nissan Qashqai to destroy potential evidence.”

He added: “The motive for the shooting may become clearer as the case develops. It appears Abdul Mayanja was an easy target. He was shot and left to die.”

After his death, Mr Mayanja’s family paid tribute to him, describing him as a “beacon of light”. The teenager, a cadet flight sergeant, lived in Plaistow with his family and had been due to move to Los Angeles to finish his training

The trial continues.

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