More gang violence gone wrong in London this week as police released the mugshots of two teenagers who accidentally stabbed one of their own gang members and left him to die after murdering another boy during a ‘ride out.’
Charlie Bartolo, 16, was rammed off his motorbike by a car before five killers jumped out and stabbed him repeatedly in Sewell Road, Abbey Wood, southeast London, last November. Somehow in all the commotion, one of the attackers, 16-year-old Kearne Solanke, was accidentally knifed in the shoulder by his friend as they murdered Charlie.
Kearne, known as ‘Havoc’, got back into the car with his accomplices who drove a mile away to Thamesmead… where they dumped the car and their wounded buddy, leaving him to die of his injuries. Some friends, eh?
The two 16-year-olds, Charlie and Kearne (pictured below) were reported dead in separate 999 calls within six minutes of each other.
Alagie Jobe and Hussain Bah (pictured below), both 19, are facing life sentences after they were convicted of murdering both boys at Inner London Crown Court this week:
The killers were members of Thamesmead’s T-Block gang involved in a postcode feud with rivals from Abbey Wood. Two other teenagers, aged 17 and 16, were also found guilty of the two murders by a jury.
The 17-year-old in question actually went back to the car after initially fleeing with the other three, and tended to Kearne, who one of them had accidentally stabbed. He called 999 and the audio was played in court.
He said in the call: “Someone’s been stabbed bro, please hurry up, ambulance we don’t need police please, he’s losing a lot of blood. He’s struggling to breathe, please, please quick, he’s losing a lot of blood from his shoulder. He’s breathing but he’s losing a lot of blood. His name is Kearne. He’s breathing, he’s alright, he’s just got an open wound. You’re good boy, you’re good, just don’t think about it, you have to keep your eyes open, I’m telling you bro on my Mum’s life. Stay with me please.’
He told the operator: “He didn’t say what happened I’ve just seen him on the floor. He’s a friend of mine. We didn’t see anything we just saw him on the side of the road, we just bumped into him. I think it’s a stab wound.”
The 17-year-old then went to a nearby youth club where he was seen on CCTV reenacting the murder; making stabbing and slashing motions and pointing to his head while talking to another boy.
Very depressing. All this carnage and death and intentional/accidental stabbing, all because of a petty postcode beef between a bunch of teenagers with nothing better to do. The T-Block gang Vs Abbey Wood. Jesus Christ.
Thoughts with the victims and their families and let’s hope stories like this can at least dissuade other young people from becoming involved in this nonsense, and prompt the government to do something more about it. Noel Gallagher’s already had his say on the matter, and he’s not even from London.