Stephen Ojerinola family visit site where body found

PUBLISHED: 12:24 01 December 2011

The tributes left

The tributes left


»The mother of a murdered teenager collapsed when she visited the house where his body was found buried in the garden.

Dressed in black and clutching photographs of 18-year-old Stephen Ojerinola, more than 12 relatives visited the semi in Lynstead Garden, Eltham, last Sunday, to lay flowers.

It was in this quiet residential street where, on November 20, police unearthed the body of the Camberwell teen, who had died from stab wounds.

His mother Olayinka Ojerinola, 48, who was accompanied by Stephen’s step-father, Ade Bakare, 48, had to be supported twice by friends and family after collapsing with grief.

They described the Manchester United fan as a “bright, articulate and intelligent boy whose family adored him”, and a “loving son and brother” to his two sisters and three brothers.


A statement from the family reads: “Stephen was our beautiful son whose callous and brutal murder has left his entire family in a state of profound shock and disbelief. Stephen was a teenager who faced challenges typical for someone of his age.

“Nevertheless Stephen had his entire life before him.”

Last Saturday a seventh person was arrested on suspicion of murder. The 31-year-old man was bailed on Saturday to return in early January.

This comes after two people, were charged with his murder and appeared at the Old Bailey on Tuesday. They were denied bail and are due to appear for a plea and case management hearing on March 2.

Three women and one man who were also arrested on suspicion of murder have been bailed to return in early December. Stephen was last seen in the Eltham area in April. Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 020 8721 4205.

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