Victim: Thomas Cudjoe

Five men stood trial at the Old Bailey via video link yesterday for the murder of 29-year-old Thomas Cudjoe from Ilford, east London.

The victim was repeatedly stabbed in the chest and legs near the forecourt of a Shell petrol garage in Ley Street, Ilford on Saturday 3 November and police reached the scene at around 3.15am.

Crime Scene on Ley Street

Cudjoe was pronounced dead at the scene due to his injuries.

But what makes this case so interesting is that Mr Cudjoe escaped a hefty 5-year prison sentence for the shooting of two men back in August 2010.

Yep you read that right, Mr Cudjoe is not the poor victim he has been made out to be.

Cudjoe was tried at Snaresbrook Crown Court in 2011 for attempted murder and GBH but was acquitted due to a lack of evidence.

Back to Cudjoe’s death.

One of the accused: Coutney Mitchell

Jerome Green, 23, of Ashgrove Road, Seven Kings, Courtney Mitchell, 22, of Clandon Road, Seven Kings and Asher Johnson, 24, of the Isle of Dogs were charged with murder.

Reece Garwood, 20, of Romford and Lewis Johnson, 21, of Poplar were charged with conspiracy to murder.

They were also charged with possession of an offensive weapon.

All five men will be back at the Old Bailey on Friday 15 February 2013 to find out their fate.