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Stabbed south London teenager 'savaged by dogs'

Oluwaseyi Ogunyemi
Oluwaseyi Ogunyemi was stabbed in the chest and abdomen

A 16-year-old boy was killed in a gang attack in which two dogs were used as weapons, the Old Bailey has heard.

Oluwaseyi Ogunyemi, known as Seyi, died in Larkhall Park, south London, where he was stabbed six times following the dog attack last April, the court heard.

His 17-year-old friend was stabbed nine times but survived the attack.

Chrisdian Johnson, 22, Shane Johnson, 20, both of South Lambeth, London, and Darcy Menezes, 18, of Clapham, London, deny murder and attempted murder.

Both victims had suffered apparent dog bites and were found critically injured in the park, the jury heard.

Two others who had been with them were also stabbed.

'Not alone'

Brian Altman QC, prosecuting, told the court two dogs had been used in the attack.

He said: "What was so unusual if not unique about this case is that in the initial stages of the attack both these dogs were deployed as weapons.

The attack was described... as vicious and as mirroring the behaviour of a pack of wild animals
Brian Altman QC, prosecuting

"At the time of the attack both dogs were unleashed, and chased and then brought down and savaged their victims, giving their human masters an advantage, enabling them then to access their victims in order to stab them with knives."

The dogs used in the attack were an adult male Staffordshire bull terrier-bull mastiff cross named Tyson and an adult female Staffordshire terrier called Mia, the jury heard.

The court was told Tyson was owned by Chrisdian Johnson and Mia by Mr Menezes.

A police investigation revealed that two groups, each of about six youths and aged between 15 and 20, had been in the area of the Lansdowne Green estate earlier that evening.

The two gangs had been "patrolling" the estate before merging to form the "attacking group" at the entrance to the park, the court heard.

Mr Altman said the victim was in a group of six from the nearby Stockwell Gardens estate who had come into the park.

He said: "The attack was described by one shocked onlooker as vicious and as mirroring the behaviour of a pack of wild animals.

"Seyi Ogunyemi was stabbed to death therefore in what was a quite deliberate and planned attack."

All three defendants were "both present and participating in the general attack albeit in different ways," Mr Altman told the jury.

"They were not alone. There were clearly others who, despite a thorough police investigation, have not been identified or caught."

The case continues.

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