Two men have been convicted for their role in the murder of Scotty Kouebitra in Croydon.
Scotty, 22, was chased and fatally stabbed after he and his friends were attacked in Gloucester Road, Croydon just after 20:00hrs on 31 October 2016.
Jahliel Rose, 21 (11.05.1996) of Bensham Grove, Thornton Heath, and a 17-year-old from Wallington, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were found guilty of murder and two counts of GBH wounding with intent at the Old Bailey on Thursday, 9 November after a trial of nearly four weeks.
Rose and the 17-year-old will be sentenced at the same court on Wednesday, 15 November.
On Monday, 31 October Scotty had been in a park with friends who were celebrating Halloween and setting off fireworks.
At around 20:00hrs two cars arrived near the park, the males inside armed with weapons and with their faces covered.
The group entered the park and a fight broke out between the two groups.
A witness saw Scotty being attacked by at least two males, and could see that the attackers were armed with baseball bats and a pole.
Witnesses described how some of the attackers were wearing Halloween masks.
Two of Scotty’s friends went to try and help him but they were confronted by several of the armed group and injured.
As they made their way from the park they were joined by Scotty, but he suddenly fell to the ground and started to have a seizure.
Police and London’s Air Ambulance attended but despite efforts to revive him, Scotty was pronounced dead at the scene.
A post mortem carried out on the 2 November revealed the Scotty had several defensive wound to his arms, probably caused as he tried to fend off his attackers.
However the fatal wound was to Scotty’s chest, which had been inflicted with considerable force and pierced the aorta.
An investigation was led by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC).
It is believed that the target for the attack had been a group who had previously been in the park but had left a short while earlier.
CCTV evidence showed the assailants in two cars carrying out a reconnaissance of the park while the group they had intended to attack were inside.
The two cars then left and other CCTV captured them preparing for their deadly assault.
The 17-year-old male was arrested on 8 November at his home address. Whilst in custody his home address was searched and a camouflaged snood was found in his bedroom .
On examination, staining could be seen on the snood which tested positive for the presence of blood. It was found that the blood matched that of the victim Scotty Kouebitra.
Rose was arrested on 16 November and was linked to the crime by CCTV and phone enquiries. They were subsequently charged with murder.
DCI Sam Price of Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command said: "Scotty and his friends were not involved with gangs and it seems that they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, with devastating consequences.
“Tragedies like this are hard to comprehend and are totally devastating for the families of the victims. This was a premeditated attack that apparently arose from a disagreement. One group set out to do another harm, but despite their planning they ended up carrying out a deadly assault on the wrong people.
“These men disguised themselves with masks and one can only imagine the terror that being set upon by a masked gang would cause.
“Two people have been brought to justice and now face the consequence of this fatal attack.”
+ Two other men who went on trial for the same offences - Marcus Osazai Asemota, 22, of Turpington Close, Bromley and Aaron Jackson, 26, of Harrington Road, South Norwood - were found not guilty of all counts.