A teenager who stabbed a young man to death has been jailed for murder. Jonathan Abora, 18, was sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 18 years for the murder of 18-year-old Israel Ogunsola, from Hackney, London.
He was also sentenced to three years imprisonment, to run concurrently, having been found guilty of possessing a knife.
Shortly before 20:00hrs on Wednesday, 4 April, officers on patrol in Morning Lane, E9 were alerted to a serious incident close by.
They arrived at the scene and found Israel suffering stab wounds. They assisted an off-duty paramedic in providing emergency first aid until the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended.
Israel was pronounced dead at the scene at 20:24hrs. His next of kin were informed. A post-mortem examination took place on the afternoon of 5 April at Poplar mortuary and gave the cause of death as multiple stab wounds.
CCTV footage and forensic evidence confirmed Abora’s involvement in the attack, and he was arrested by officers from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command.
Abora, who was 17 at the time of the attack, admitted being at the scene and driving the car involved in the incident, but claimed to be acting in self-defence of an unnamed friend.
The court heard that Israel had been riding his pedal bike when Abora and a second male located him. They immediately alighted their car and began to attack Israel with large knives that they were carrying. The victim suffered six separate stab wounds in a sustained attack.
Police believe Israel knew Abora and his associate and were embroiled in a dispute. A member of the public who witnessed the attack told investigators how the attack against Israel was relentless with the clear “intent to kill.”