Man killed gangster after victim came out swinging machete in turf war

Man is convicted of stabbing street gangster to death after victim smashed his VW into killer’s Mercedes and came out swinging a machete in turf war

  • Darius Kwakye, 29, guilty of murdering Salem Koudou, 20, in Brixton, London
  • Mr Koudou was stabbed to death in revenge for attacking Tyreicke Williams
  • Kwakye has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced at a later date

A man has been found guilty of murdering a street gangster who was hacked to death in swift retribution for crashing a party on rival turf and attacking a man celebrating his birthday with a machete.                            

Salem Koudou, 20, and at least two others planned to locate and ‘attack those they perceived to be their rivals’ in Brixton, southwest London, on 20 August 2020.

Mr Koudou arrived at a birthday party on the Angel Town Estate armed with a machete but crashed into Darius Kwakye’s parked Mercedes and overturned a stolen VW Golf on his arrival.

Two of the occupants escaped the wreckage while Mr Koudou carried on the violence, stabbing Tyreicke Williams, who was throwing the birthday party.

But the ‘roles were reversed’ when he was chased by up to 15 people wanting revenge and stabbed more than 30 times. 

The blades were wielded with such ferocity that some of the wounds were as deep as 14cm, others damaged the bones of his rib cage and one went through his skull, a trial heard. 

Darius Kwakye, 29, was found guilty of Mr Koudou’s murder at the Old Bailey on Wednesday after a jury deliberated for nearly 19 hours.

Salem Koudou, 20, was chased by up to 15 people wanting revenge and stabbed more than 30 times in Brixton, south London

Mr Koudou arrived at a birthday party on the Angel Town Estate armed with a machete, but crashed and overturned a VW Golf on his arrival

His co-defendants Donte McCalla, 21, and Tristan Bullock, 21, were cleared of murder.

During the trial, prosecutor Oliver Glasgow KC had told jurors there could be no excuse for the ‘murderous attack’.

On 20 August 2020, Mr Koudou and two others armed themselves with at least one knife and possibly a gun and set off in a stolen VW Golf to attack rivals, it was claimed.

Jurors were told Mr Koudou was a member of Stockwell-based gang All ‘Bout Money (ABM) which was in violent dispute with gangs known as 17 or Wandsworth Road, One Five O (150) or Get Back Gang (GBG), and Four Ten (410).

Mr Koudou and his companions first went to Wandsworth where a potential target was chased but managed to escape, the court heard.

They went on to Brixton where they allegedly came across an ‘ideal target’, a birthday party on Marcella Road for Tyreicke Williams, 28, who was affiliated to GBG.

Just before 6pm the VW Golf was driven into Kwakye’s parked Mercedes and turned over onto its roof, jurors heard.

Two of the unidentified occupants pulled themselves from the wreckage and ran off.

Mr Koudou got out with an ‘enormous knife’ and began to chase guests, including Mr Williams and Kwakye, it was alleged.

The defenceless Mr Williams fell to the ground and was set upon by Mr Koudou but managed to get away despite being hurt.

Mr Glasgow said the response was ‘immediate and violent’, ‘swift and aggressive’ as party guests armed themselves and gave chase.

He told jurors: ‘The roles were now reversed, Salem Koudou no longer had the upper hand, and he had 15 or more people to escape from.’

He ran into Wynne Road where he used his knife to ward off his pursuers.

Realising he was ‘hopelessly outnumbered’, Mr Koudou fled but fell down and was set upon by members of the group, the prosecutor said.

Some of the group took storage trolleys from outside the Post Office sorting centre and used them to block the pavement and road. 

Police had been called on Thursday August 20 after reports of a fight on the Angel Town estate in Brixton (file picture)

Mr Glasgow told jurors: ‘In total he was stabbed more than 30 times and the injuries he sustained were catastrophic.

‘His lungs, liver and stomach were damaged by the knives that were used to stab him, and the blades were wielded with such ferocity that some of the wounds were as deep as 14cm.

‘Others damaged the bones of his rib cage, and one went through his skull.

‘There was no hope of survival and yet seconds was all it took for this attack to take place, for his pursuers to have their revenge, and for the killers to disappear calmly as if nothing had happened.’

He added: ‘Given the build-up to this shocking violence, there can be no doubt that Salem Koudou’s pursuers wanted to avenge the attack upon Tyreicke Williams.’

The defendants, from south London, had denied that they had anything to do with the murder. 

Bullock’s younger brother Yaseen Bullock, 18, was earlier convicted of murdering Mr Koudou.

Tristan Bullock, of Brixton, McCalla, of Streatham, denied and were cleared of murder.

Kwakye and Yaseen Bullock will be sentenced on a date to be fixed.

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