- A 25-year-old Nigerian man identified as Tobi Animashaun was reportedly killed by a three gang member
- The killers have been sentenced to life imprisonment
Following the murder of Tobi Animashaun, a Nigerian guy living in London, the killers have been jailed. The killers were identified as 23-year-old Jeremiah Lloyd Johnson, 22-year-old Codie Goodensimms and 22-year-old Antoin Gray.
The three guys involved in the killing were sentenced on Wednesday, May 10 after being tried for eight weeks at Old Bailey.
The deceased was said to have gone to his place of work on Sunday, September 11, 2016. He had closed around 19:45 when three cars belonging to the young men parked outside the gates of a depot.
Witnesses revealed that he was approached by one of the guys who wanted to know if he was still part of ‘Road Life’. Afterwards, they attacked him with different weapons and eventually stabbed him many times. Animashaun had been wounded in the stomach and heart.
One of the guys threatened members of the public as they hurt the poor Nigerian guy. They left in their cars after which the wounded man was taken to the hospital. As much as the medical staff tried saving his life, the young man died the following morning.
The autopsy report carried out showed that the knife wounds sustained in the heart and stomach caused his death. The investigation launched by police operatives revealed that the attack was gang related. It was discovered that the deceased was a member of a rival gang. There had been a history of violence between the rival gangs.
Forensic evidence gotten at the scene of the incident made it possible for the attackers to be arrested. Johnson and Goodensimms were arrested initially in connection to the murder In Spetember. Gray was also arrested in October. Sergeant Steve Keogh of Met’s Homicide confirmed the incident.
"This case is all the more tragic as Tobi was on a new and positive path. He had got a job and was working to make a new life for himself, away from the pernicious influence of gang culture.
"Tobi was the victim of a planned attack that was savage, cowardly and remorseless. These men armed themselves with weapons, waited for Tobi, and then murdered him in front of horrified members of the public, who they also threatened.
"Tobi's family has been left bereft by this wanton act of violence. These men have now been made to face the responsibly for their actions. They will face many years in prison to reflect on their violent actions of that day."
David Animashaun, the brother of the deceased read a family impact statement in the court.
"I still remember the day quite vividly. It was a September afternoon when I received a phone call saying my brother had been stabbed and was being rushed to hospital.
"At that stage I had no idea how badly he was injured until I got to the hospital. When I arrived I wasn’t able to see him because he was being taken to surgery.
"After an agonising wait I found out there was nothing they could to save my brother’s life. The next time I saw my brother was in the mortuary, seeing his lifeless body haunts me even now. The image constantly keeps me up at night. I haven’t had a full nights sleep since it happened.
"My mum and dad are keeping it together but I can see the sadness behind their eyes. To lose a child, let alone their first born is something no parent should ever experience. Yet they stay strong for Sarah and I.
"Tobi was a young man; he was only 25-years-old. Tobi was my older brother, my best friend and my hero. He was the most loving, funny and caring person who was taken from us too soon.
"Tobi got into trouble in his youth and went to prison for 6 months. The time he spent in prison seemed to change him for the better. When he came out he got himself a job, was going to college and making plans for his future. My only solace is that I saw this reformed Tobi before he died. Although he had gotten into trouble in his youth this should not have cost him his life.
"Not once throughout this trial have I seen any of the defendants show any remorse or guilt for what they have done. They have taken a vital and beloved member of our family and all our lives will never be the same again."
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