Kwame Ofosu-Asare

Today, the Old Bailey jury heard that 17-year-old Kwame Ofosu-Asare was stabbed to death for being in the “wrong place at the wrong time.”

The teen was murdered in Brixton in March as he was on his way to a relative’s house in Moorlands Estate with a friend and got caught up in the middle of a feud between TN1 (Trust No One) gang and GAS (Guns and Shanks) gang.

He was allegedly chased by suspects Nelson Idiabeta, 18 and Nathaniel Okusanya, 19, who are believed to be members of TN1 gang.

It is also claimed that the members of the TN1 gang were trying to get revenge for a stabbing of one of their members earlier in the same day. Idiabeta and Okusanya deny murder.

The jury heard how Kwame was involved in a case of mistaken identity. Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC told the court:

Kwame was in fact not a member of either gang. He was killed for no reason other than that his murderers had come upon him on an estate which they considered to be enemy territory and at a time when they were looking to take revenge for the stabbing of one of their own only hours earlier.

Kwame’s father, Kwaku Ofosu-Asare, who is a sports presenter on Ghanaian television, described his son as an innocent church-goer who had a bright future ahead of him.

The trial continues.