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Man who fled to Jamaica following death of teenager in 2008 jailed for manslaughter

News   •   Apr 06, 2018 17:19 BST

[Jailed]: Andain Martin

A man who fled to Jamaica after a teenager died in 2008 has today been jailed for manslaughter.

Andain Martin, 30, (20.1.1988), formerly of Crescent Wood Road, N17, was today, Friday 6 April, sentenced to 11 years for the manslaughter of 19-year-old Henry Bolombi at the Old Bailey.

He was also handed an additional 16-month sentence for violent disorder, to run concurrently, after pleading guilty to the offence on 21 November, 2017.

He was previously found guilty to manslaughter and not guilty to murder at the same court on Friday, 9 March.

The court heard how in the early hours of 1 January 2008, 19-year-old Henry Bolombi, from Wyldfield Gardens, Edmonton was brutally attacked by four men on Plevna Road, Edmonton.

At about 06:25hrs, Henry was travelling home on the N279 bus towards Edmonton Green after celebrating the New Year with friends in central London.

When the bus stopped at Fore Street, Edmonton, four men boarded the bus and an altercation broke out.

This continued until the next stop when the two groups exited the bus by Akin supermarket on Fore Street.

Henry ran towards Edmonton Green shopping centre in an attempt to escape the four men, who had armed themselves with a glass bottle, knife and broom.

After a foot chase around the shopping centre, the four men attacked Henry on Plevna Road.

He was treated by the London Ambulance Service and taken to North Middlesex Hospital. Henry was pronounced dead at 07:25hrs.

A post-mortem examination took place at Hornsey Public Mortuary on 2 January 2008 and gave cause of death as stab wounds to the chest and limbs.

The MPS Homicide and Major Crime Command were informed and a murder investigation was launched.

In the days following the attack, three suspects fled to Jamaica.

In 2013, two men were extradited to the UK and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Mr Bolombi.

In 2016, it was established that Martin was living in North Carolina under a new identity. He was arrested by US Marshalls on 17 November 2016 on suspicion of murder and extradited to the UK in September 2017.

Martin was charged with murder, manslaughter and violent disorder on 1 September 2017.

The fourth suspect remains outstanding and officers have released images of a man they wish to identify.

DI Ian Lott from the MPS Homicide and Major Crime Command said: "This was an extremely violent attack against a man who was travelling home after celebrating New Year's Eve with friends.

"This has been a lengthy, complex investigation involving multiple agencies since Henry Bolombi lost his life back in 2008.

"We have released an image of a fourth man we wish to indentify in connection with this incident. Anyone with any information in relation to this incident is urged to contact the incident room on 020 8358 0200 or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."