Music producer stabbed to death in gang attack on parents during afternoon school run, court hears | UK News


A 21-year-old music producer was killed in a gang knife attack in front of parents during the afternoon school run, a court heard.

Dean Pascal-Modeste suffered 14 stab wounds and died at the scene in Grove Park, southeast London, on February 24, 2017.

One of his alleged attackers, Jahtel Williamson, 26, is on trial for his murder after being brought in from the US to ‘face the music’ last year.

This is the third in a series of trials that have already resulted in the conviction of four young men for the murder, Old Bailey said.

Williamson, from Greenwich, south-east London, denies the murder.

On the day of the murder, Mr Pascale-Modeste, from Barking, east London, had gone with two friends to record a music video for posting on YouTube.

He was waiting with one on a wall when two mopeds pulled up and one of the riders pointed a gun, jurors were told.

As they fled, other youths appeared on foot ‘out of nowhere’ and began to chase them, ‘acting in concert’ with the mopeds in a ‘two-pronged ambush’, it was alleged .

A “ruthless” attack

Williamson was allegedly one of the assailants who pursued the victim on foot.

Prosecutor Crispin Aylett said Mr Pascal-Modeste was not a gang member and had simply been “seeking to make a name for himself in the music industry“.

He said: “During a relentless attack, Dean suffered 14 separate stab wounds.

“In particular, two blows were delivered with such force that they split Dean’s ribs and penetrated his left lung.

“Once they were done with Dean, they ran away. By then the mopeds had already gone. Dean lay on the ground, bleeding to death.”

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The trial takes place at the Old Bailey in London

He added: “It all happened in broad daylight around a quarter to four on a Friday afternoon – indeed a number of witnesses had picked up their children from school.

“This attack, you may think, was as outrageous as it was brazen.”

Four knives found in the area

Four knives were later recovered from the area and linked to the murder, the court heard.

Mr Aylett told jurors that the two friends of Mr Pascal-Modeste were linked to the “Splash gang” based in south-east London.

The murder is claimed to have its roots in a “poisonous feud” between the gang and the B-side gang.

Williamson reportedly fled to the United States after the murder and was returned to Britain in April last year.

Mr Aylett said: “The prosecution says now is the time for him too to face the music.”

The trial continues.

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