Two teenagers fatally stabbed a 17-year-old boy in the stomach and left him to stumble into a nearby café with his guts spilling out, a court has been told.
Ezra Abeka, of Caxton Road, Southall, and Morgan Mockford, of Randolph Road, Walthamstow, were caught on CCTV ambushing Elijah Dornelly on May 7, jurors heard.
Prosecutors claim the victim dodged a first knife lunge by Mr Abeka before being stabbed in the stomach by Mr Mockford in busy Walthamstow High Street.
The young victim ran off before collapsing in the nearby Arabian Nights shisha cafe as the alleged killers fled on their bicycles.
He had suffered a cut to a major blood vessel in his stomach and died less than two hours later, despite the efforts of paramedics.
On Monday (November 6), prosecutor Jonathan Rees told the Old Bailey that Mr Abeka and Mr Mockford both took part in the brutal attack.
“The allegation is that just before half past eleven in the evening on Sunday May 7 of this year in Walthamstow High Street, a young man called Elijah Dornelly and a friend were ambushed.
"Both of these defendants were armed with knives. Elijah's friend managed to escape and run away but Elijah was not so fortunate.
“Because, while he managed to avoid the first blow from Ezra Abeka, he was unable to avoid a lunge from Morgan Mockford – who stabbed him once to the gut.”
'Intestines spilling out of belly'
The prosecutor told the court that the knife entered Elijah's belly and cut the aorta, the main artery in the body, which caused a “massive and fatal blood loss”.
He added: “Despite being fatally wounded, Elijah Dornelly ran off and he made his way to a shisha cafe called Arabian Nights and subsequently collapsed.
“His intestines were spilling out of his belly.”
Although bystanders tried to help Elijah, he was pronounced dead at 1.15am on May 8.
Jurors heard Mr Abeka and Mr Mockford, who were both aged 17 at the time but are now 18, could be seen on CCTV on bicycles at a nearby McDonald's.
They can then be seen making their way down to the scene of the attack in Walthamstow High Street, according to prosecutors.
Both defendants accept they were present and involved in the incident but they deny murder.
Mr Akeba also denies possession of a knife.
The trial continues.
Keep up to date with the latest news in west London via the free getwestlondon app.
You can set up your app to see all the latest news and events from your area, plus receive push notifications for breaking news.