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Israel Ogunsola murder: ‘Ruthless’ knifeman Jonathan Abora convicted of fatal stabbing off Morning Lane

PUBLISHED: 16:36 19 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:36 19 October 2018

Jonathan Abora. Picture: Met Police

Jonathan Abora. Picture: Met Police

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A teenager has been found guilty of “hunting” and murdering Israel Ogunsola with a knife in central Hackney.

But his accomplice in the teenager’s killing is still at large and has yet to be even identified.

Jonathan Abora, 18, was convicted at the Old Bailey today following a three-week trial.

Abora, of Dalmeny Avenue, Holloway, stabbed Israel dead in Link Street, off Morning Lane, on April 4.

Israel, 18, of Clapton, was cycling to meet friends when Abora and the unknown second man attacked him with large knives.

He was stabbed six times and died of a heart attack.

Det Ch Insp Chris Soole, from the Met’s murder squad, said: “Israel was hunted by Abora who was armed and ruthless in his efforts to kill.

“He will have plenty of time to think about his actions in prison where he belongs.

“This case highlights the horror of knife crime and the devastation it causes to families and the wider community.”

Abora has refused to name the other attacker. His claim to self-defence was dismissed by the jury.

Det Ch Insp Soole added: “Whilst Abora has been convicted, we know he did not act alone.

“We will continue to do everything we can to trace a second suspect.

“There are people in the area who know what happened that have yet to call police.

“Their information is vital to securing important evidence and apprehending everyone involved.”

Cops were called shortly before 8pm and found Israel at the junction of Link Street and Morning Lane. He died at 8.24pm.

Abora, then 17, was the first person arrested in connection to the attack. CCTV footage and forensic evidence confirmed his role in the killing.

He will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on November 5.

Police believe Israel and Abora had known each other before the dispute.

Anyone who can help trace the second killer is asked to call 020 8345 3734 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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