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Stabbed boy pleaded desperately for his life'

PUBLISHED: 15:42 18 February 2009 | UPDATED: 16:10 25 August 2010

KILLED: Sunday Esseit.

KILLED: Sunday Esseit.

FOUR knifemen hounded a screaming 15-year-old boy across a park in broad daylight before stabbing him, a court heard.

FOUR knifemen 'hounded' a screaming 15-year-old boy across a park in broad daylight before stabbing him, a court heard.

Sunday Essiet died in the Glyndon Estate, Plumstead, pleading for his life as he was chased up and down a fenced-off football pitch, the Old Bailey heard on Monday.

The court heard that the youth from the Old Kent Road had held a fake gun to his attackers before he was killed on February 19, last year.

Sikuru Doherty, 20, and Miles Maddy, Adeniyi 'knifer' Oloyede and Ifedotun Gbadeo-Araoye, all 19, are accused of stabbing the youth nine times.

Ed Brown, prosecuting, said: "He was killed despite his pleas to his killers to stop. Two of his attackers briefly left the scene to collect knives for the purpose of using them against that young man.

"The reality of the events is that Sunday, known as Baby, was hounded by the group around the park. He managed to escape but only temporarily and he ran away but was chased back and forth across the park and then to a wall where he had no escape and where he died."

The court heard that one of the blades used made a 10cm gash into the boy's chest before the gang fled, leaving Sunday dying in a pool of blood as he lay gasping for breath.

Sunday was an orphan who came to London from Nigeria with his sister and late mother in 2000 after losing his father two years earlier.

Mr Brown told jurors how Sunday and a friend were still smarting over an incident that afternoon that led to the arrest of his cousin.

Armed with an imitation gun, Sunday set off to confront Maddy and his friends.

Mr Brown added: "Sunday was still angry. But soon it became clear that the gun was harmless. The gang's confidence therefore grew, as did their determination to gain revenge."

Maddy and Oloyede, both of Corraline Walk, off Lensbury Way, Thamesmead; Doherty, of Swetenham Walk, Woolwich; and Gbadeb-Aroaye, of The Heights, Charlton, all deny murder.

The trial continues.

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