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Jury in south London 'dog attack' murder case retires

Oluwaseyi Ogunyemi
Oluwaseyi Ogunyemi was stabbed in the chest and abdomen

The jury in a trial of two brothers accused of murdering a boy in an attack in which dogs were used as weapons has retired to consider its verdicts.

Oluwaseyi Ogunyemi died, 16, was attacked last April in Larkhall Park, south London, where he was also stabbed six times, the Old Bailey heard.

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

Chrisdian Johnson, 22, and Shane Johnson, 20, both of South Lambeth, deny murder and attempted murder.

'Critically injured'

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, jurors were told.

The court 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.

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

A third defendant, 18-year-old Darcy Menezes, of Studley Road, Clapham, was cleared earlier in the trial.

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

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