Case: Stabbed for a spliff: Anthony Ogazi
Victim
Name:
Anthony Ogazi
Gender:
Male
Date:
2008-05-07
Nationality:
British
Weapon:
Knife
Killer
Name:
Peter Reis-Relvas
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
British
Killer
Name:
Demetre Fogo
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
British
Killer
Name:
Sebastian Garcia-Atehortua
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
British
Killer
Name:
Ashley Cudjoe-Butcher
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
British
Killer
Name:
Soheib Quinn
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
British
Status: Solved
Categories: Gang, Drug Related
Case synopsis:

Peter Reis-Relvas led a gang of masked robbers who kicked and stabbed music student Anthony Ogazi death in a bungled bid to steal cannabis.

The 21-year-old victim, known as Big Nervez, screamed 'Save me, I ain't got nothing' as six youths attacked him on the lawn of a communal garden in south London.

He suffered a fatal seven-inch stab wound to his thigh which punctured an artery, before his hooded killers fled into the night.

The gang had plotted to rob Anthony and his friend Richard Barry, a small-time cannabis dealer who lived in a flat in Olney Road, Walworth.

Peter Reis-RelvasIn the early hours of May 7, 2008, ringleader Reis-Relvas, known as 'Peewee' (pictured right), rang Barry and arranged to buy two ounces of skunk cannabis for a total of £280.

Mr Ogazi offered to pick up the drugs for his friend and left the flat, returning later that night.

Meanwhile Reis-Relvas, who was 19 at the time, rounded up his friends Aaron Kendall, 20; Demetre Fogo, Sebastian Garcia-Atehortua, Ashley Cudjoe-Butcher and Soheib Quinn, all 17; and Ricardo Gunter, 16, and they headed to Olney Road.

Barry let Reis-Relvas, Garcia, Cudjoe-Butcher into his apartment, while the four other gang members waited in the communal garden.

At around 2am, Mr Ogazi knocked on Barry's bedroom window and threw the drugs, wrapped in a green carrier bag, inside, where they were caught by Reis-Relvas.

The three teenagers then joined their accomplices in the communal garden, where residents saw them attack Mr Ogazi.

One neighbour later described seeing seven men form a circle round a person lying helpless on the floor and rain down kicks and punches.

She heard the man on the ground screaming in pain and shouting: 'I ain't got nothing! I ain't got nothing!'

Anthony, who was studying music industry management and artistic development at Bucks New University died after a knife blow punctured an artery.

Giving evidence Reis-Relvas, who has two convictions for carrying knives in public, blamed Kendall and Cudjoe-Butcher for the killing and claimed he had only ordered the robbery.

In a cut-throat defence Cudjoe-Butcher, known as 'Twitch', claimed he saw Reis-Relvas wipe the blood from the ‘shank’ or knife and try to burn the bandana he was wearing.

Following a two-and-a-half month trial at the Old Bailey Reis-Relvas was convicted of murder.

He was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 20 years before he can be released.

Fogo, Garcia Atehortua, Cudjoe-Butcher and Quinn were cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter.

Gunter was cleared of both charges but pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob.

Kendall was cleared of murder at the first trial and acquitted of manslaughter following a retrial.

He was sentenced to seven years for conspiracy to rob, while Gunter received a six-and-a-half year sentence for the same offence.

Quinn was given a total 12 year sentence, Atehortua and Butcher 10 years each and Fogo nine years.

Demetre FogoSebastian Garcia-AthehortuaAshley Cudjoe-Butcher

Killers (from left): Demetre Fogo, Sebastian Garcia-Athehortua and Ashley Cudjoe-Butcher

The gang laughed and joked as they were led away from the courtroom.

Judge Christopher Moss, QC, told the youths: 'You all went out at night with your identities obscured

'You, Mr Relvas-Reis, were armed with at least one knife.

'What followed was a consequence that is depressingly familiar to this court and to these people in this city.

'The inevitable occurred and you Mr Relvas-Reis deliberately used a knife intended to cause grievous bodily harm.

'You stabbed him twice. Then afterwards you all callously left the scene, with the victim lying bleeding to death and you returned to your estate where any meagre proceeds of your enterprise were shared out.'

Anthony's mother Stella Ogazi, sat in the well of the court, as the killers were sentenced.

In a victim impact statement, she described her son as 'larger than life'.

Mrs Ogazi said: 'Anthony was a lively and vivacious young man, full of life and energy.

'His music and his acting was his passion. We all had high hopes for his future and his future achievements.

'Nothing can bring him back. We don't want another family to go through the pain we are suffering every day.

'His life was the price of a couple of hundred pounds or a spliff. To us it was so much more.'
 

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