Crime & the Law

Old Bailey hears how 15 year old was killed over postcode rivalry

The Central Criminal Court in London

Central Criminal Court in the Old Bailey, London. Image: LMMNews

Update 15/02/18: Adam Benzahi, 21, Samuel Oliver-Rowland, 18, and Junior Simpson have all been given life sentences for Jermaine Goupall’s murder. Saskia Haye-Elliot, 18 was sentenced to 12 years and 6 months after being found guilty of man slaughter. Another one of the accused, Daniel Luke, 18, was found not guilty of murder.

Original Post 10/01/2018: The Old Bailey has heard that 15 year old Jermaine Goupall from Croydon was stabbed to death by a rival gang because of his postcode.

The jury heard the feud was fuelled by postings online of music videos where the rival gangs traded insults and taunted each other.

Jermaine Goupall. Image: Met Police

As the case continued at the Old Bailey, the court heard that the victim was pursued by two or three armed attackers, with masks covering their faces.

The attack took place on 8th August last year and it’s alleged  it was carried out by members of the CR0 gang in South London who were responding to online taunts from rival gang CR7.

The victim was stabbed in the leg on Georgia Road in Thornton Heath, and he subsequently bled to death.

18 year olds Samuel Oliver-Rowland, Saskia Haye-Elliott and Daniel Luke, 21 year old Adam Benzahi of Carshalton,  and a 16 year old from Croydon who cannot be named for legal reasons, all from South London, plead not guilty to murder.


Prosecutor Mukul Chawla QC said that it is clear that each of the defendants are connected with the CR0 gang and were carrying out the attack in response to online taunts from the CR7 gang.

He said:

All of the evidence leads to the clear conclusion that all five of them were present in the car and present for the purpose of mounting an attack on members of the CR7 gang.

They were nothing more than a marauding gang of thugs who had gone to Thornton Heath and were there to hunt down anyone whom they thought was from the CR7 gang unfortunate enough to get in their way.

The trial continues.

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