Marcel Addai trial: Hackney teen’s alleged killer ‘plotted fake story in prison’

Marcel Addai was killed near his home in Hoxton. Picture: Metropolitan Police

Marcel Addai was killed near his home in Hoxton. Picture: Metropolitan Police - Credit: Archant

A gang member accused of murdering teenager Marcel Addai has been accused of “goading” the other defendants in jail and plotting a fake story.

Momar Faye, 18, of no fixed address, is one of seven men on trial at the Old Bailey for the murder of the 17-year-old in the St John’s sstate, Pitfield Street, Hoxton, on September 4 last year.

Mr Addai, who lived nearby in Wenlock House, Evelyn Walk, was allegedly chased and stabbed 12 times. He was a member of the Hoxton Boys gang, who prosecutors say had a fierce rivalry with the Fellows Court gang, of which six defendants were members.

Faye claims he saw Sodiq Adebayo, Rikell Rogers and David Oladimeji attacking the victim.

Cross examining at the Old Bailey, Mr Callagher, representing Rogers, accused Faye of “plotting a story” with Eugene Ocran while sharing a cell in Belmarsh.

He said: “You have been planning for some time to put the blame for this killing on the people who didn’t do it.”

Last week Faye was quizzed on his Whatsapp, Twitter and Snapchat social media posts as well as texts and phone calls he made the night of Mr Addai’s death.

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Mr Callagher said: “The reason we had to go through the chat was you seem completely relaxed, not upset, not worried, not concerned.

“I think you told us you were panicked. There’s no suggestion there of any fear or panic. You are totally relaxed.”

He also accused Faye – a drug dealer and member of the Holly Street Boys – of lying about claims he had been threatened by some of his co-defendants in prison.

“You aren’t scared of anyone, are you?” said Mr Callagher.

“While you have been on remand in prison you have been firstly goading, that is, trying to wind up people including Rikell. You don’t go winding up people you’re frightened of do you?”

“It’s how I am as a person,” he responded.

Ocran, 19, of Fermain Court West, De Beauvoir Road; Rogers, 22, of Goldney Road, Maida Vale; Adebayo, 23, of De Vere Gardens, Ilford; Akeem Gbadamosi, 22, of Detmold Road, Clapton; Oladimeji, 21, of Axon Place, Ilford; Sheku Jalloh, 23, of Crondall Court, St John’s Estate; and Faye all deny murder.

The trial continues.