28 year old Michael Adegbite, a model, fitness instructor and teaching assistant who campaigned against knife crime was stabbed to death on Sunday, July 19, 2015 after the suspects pretended to be interested in buying the second hand MacBook laptop he advertised on a classified website- Gumtree for 200 pounds.
On Thursday, February 4, 2016, the Old Bailey court heard how Mr Adegbite had been lured by the three teenagers, Christopher Nzeh, Montel Ajayi and Isaac Owen-Brady, so they could steal the computer. Thre three were found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.
Adegbite phoned a friend who lived nearby to tell him what happened and he came to meet them at the car carrying a metal bar and a hammer. The three men then drove around looking for the men who tried to rob them and found them about a mile away in Lackmore Road, Enfield. Adegbite got out of the car armed with the iron bar. Witnesses described seeing Nzeh swing at Michael with a knife and miss before a second attempt struck him on the chest. He fell to the ground and died despite desperate attempts by medics called to the scene Despite extensive efforts by the attending medics, they were unable to save him.
“Michael’s family and friends have been shattered by the decision of Christopher Nzeh to carry a knife,” they said.
“Michael had never been in trouble with the police and was a young man who had everything to live for.
“We urge people to think about the tragic consequences that can come from carrying a knife, and never to take your personal safety for granted.
“If just one person decided to stop carrying a knife, it would be a fitting tribute to Michael and everything he stood for.”
Detective Sergeant Ben Wayment of the Homicide and Major Crime Command said: “Michael was a good person who was targeted by three men who had planned to rob him. Although they intended to steal, what was taken was Michael’s life; the crime left his family and friends inconsolable and this is a terrible waste of an innocent young life. These men have been sentenced today, not least because the public did so much to bring those responsible to justice. I want to thank all those who came to Michael’s direct aid and those who helped police arrest and prosecute those responsible”