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Double murder trial halted after third suspect is charged over killings

Trial of men accused of murder in February is postponed for six months

13 September, 2018 — By William McLennan

The trial of two teenagers accused of taking part in a stabbing spree that claimed two lives has been halted after a third suspect was arrested and charged this week.

Isaiah Popoola and Ben Drummond, both 19, went on trial on Tuesday accused of murder for their roles in the death of Abdikarim Hassan and Sadiq Aadam Mohammed on February 20.

Scotland Yard said that Anuoluwa Temenu, 18, voluntarily appeared at a police station in Islington on Tuesday. He was charged with murder on Wednesday.

The trial has now been set aside and is expected to re-start in March next year.

Mr Hassan, 17, was stabbed to death in Bartholomew Road, Kentish Town, at around 8:30pm on February 20.

Mr Mohammed, 20, was attacked in Malden Road, Queen’s Crescent, at around 10:15pm, he died at the scene.  Earlier in the evening another 17-year-old was stabbed in the back in Aldenham Street, Somers Town.

Mr Popoola, of Grafton Way, is accused of murdering Mr Hassan and Mr Mohammed. He is also accused of committing grievous bodily harm against the 17-year-old in Somers Town.

Mr Temenu, of no fixed address, is accused of murdering Mr Hassan and committing grievous bodily harm.

Mr Drummond, of Ingestre Road, is accused of murdering Mr Mohammed.


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