Teenager "mistaken for gang enemy"

17 year old Kwame Ofosu-Asare was killed in March Photo: Metropolitan Police

An innocent teenage boy was stabbed to death when two youths involved in a "poisonous and senseless" gang war mistook him for one of their enemies, a jury heard today.

17 year old Kwame Ofosu-Asare was killed in broad daylight while he was walking with a friend through the Moorlands Estate in Brixton, in March.

Nelson Idiabeta, 18, of no fixed address, and Nathaniel Okusanya, 19, of Vibart Gardens, Lambeth, south London, deny the youngster's "cowardly and merciless" killing.

Kwame, the son of a sports journalist, was stabbed repeatedly in the back and received a total of 14 wounds while walking in Adelaide Close with a friend.

The boys tried to get away by going into a side road where the friend's aunt lived, but the aunt was not home and they were trapped in a cul de sac.

The court heard the friend "managed to get away by jumping over a high wall, but Kwame got caught".

From there, the friend could hear Kwame, who was from Catford in south east London, pleading: "I'm not from round here, I'm not from round here".

After the attack, the friend heard Kwame calling his name, jumped back over the wall and found him lying face down on the floor. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The court heard the attack on Kwame had its roots in a feud between the TN1 (Trust No-One) gang from the Tulse Hill area and the Brixton-based GAS (Guns and Shanks).