A teenager has been convicted of killing a man at Brent Cross shopping centre in north London.
Bhoniefas Rexson, 19, from Brent, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, 15 March, to the manslaughter of 21-year-old Gedeon Ngwendema.
He has been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment.
Rexson was arrested and charged following a Met investigation into the fatal stabbing of Gedeon Ngwendema at the Brent Cross Shopping Centre on 4 May last year. Despite the efforts of emergency services, Gedeon, from Brent, died at the scene from a single stab wound.
The subsequent homicide investigation established that a spontaneous fight had broken out between a number of young men at the shopping centre. It was during this fight that Gedeon was stabbed by Rexson, a gang member from Brent, North London.
Rexson was detained by security staff at the shopping centre shortly before being arrested by police officers at the scene. Analysis of CCTV of the incident confirmed that Rexson inflicted the fatal stab wound. A knife was subsequently recovered which was linked to the incident.
DCI Linda Bradley, Specialist Crime, who led the homicide investigation said: “There are clearly no winners in this case. The tragedy of Gedeon’s death has remained with me throughout this investigation, and again today I wish to express my team’s heartfelt sympathies to his family.
“Rexson has also paid a significant price for what he has admitted was a loss of control. There is no doubt in my mind that his gang lifestyle was the reason for his appalling actions that evening.
“I also want to pay tribute to the security staff and management of the Brent Cross Shopping Centre, for their initial response to the incident and subsequent support for the investigation. I am very grateful to them.”
Source: Met Police