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Man cleared of south London dog attack murder

Oluwaseyi Ogunyemi
Oluwaseyi Ogunyemi was stabbed in the chest and abdomen

A man has been cleared of murdering a 16-year-old boy who allegedly had two dogs set upon him before he was stabbed to death in south London.

Oluwaseyi Ogunyemi died after being mauled by the dogs in Larkhall Park last April, the Old Bailey has heard.

Darcy Menezes, 18, of Clapham, who owned one of the dogs, was cleared of murdering Mr Ogunyemi and the attempted murder of his friend Hurui Hiyabu, 17.

Brothers Chrisdian and Shane Johnson are still on trial accused of murder.

Chrisdian, 22, and Shane, 20, both of south Lambeth, London, are accused of using the dogs as weapons before stabbing the friends several times.

'Attacking group'

Mr Ogunyemi was stabbed six times while Mr Hiyabu was stabbed nine times, the court has heard.

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

The jury has been told that two groups, each of about six youths and aged between 15 and 20, had been in the area of the Lansdowne Green estate on the night of the alleged murders.

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 Ogunyemi was in a group of six from the nearby Stockwell Gardens estate who had come into the park.

The case continues.

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