The moment police pointed gun at Croydon gang leader who stabbed drug rival to death

January 14, 2020 Off By BMW Admin

A Croydon gang leader travelled to Kent with three associates to murder a man “fuelled by a dispute over drug dealing”.

Kevin Roach, 40, from Peace Close in South Norwood was jailed for 27 years along with three other South London men.

A nine week trial at Maidstone Court heard how at 12.30am on February 10, 2019, 38-year-old Wesley Adyinka and a woman in her 30s were outside a block of flats in Knightrider Street, in Maidstone, when they were approached by Roach and a person they had met previously, Alfie Caparn, 18, of Drakeswood Road, Streatham .

While the woman was talking on her mobile phone, Roach threatened Mr Adyinka who backed away but was held by Caparn before falling to the ground.

Roach then took a knife from his jacket pocket and stabbed Mr Adyinka in the chest and attempted to stab his back.

During the struggle the woman tried to intervene but Caparn pulled her away and Roach turned around and stabbed her in her left thigh.

The two men ran to a BMW parked nearby, with driver Rodney Harris, 38, of Mann Close, in Croydon town centre and Julian Grant, 28, of Tull Street, Mitcham , inside.

The gang sped off but 45 minutes later the BMW they were in was stopped by Kent Police armed units in Westmoreland Road, Bromley where Roach, Caparn, Grant and Harris were arrested.

Kevin Roach (top left), Julian Grant (top right), Rodney Harris (lower left) and Alfie Caparn (lower right) and the moment they were stopped by armed police
Kevin Roach (top left), Julian Grant (top right), Rodney Harris (lower left) and Alfie Caparn (lower right) and the moment they were stopped by armed police

Mr Adyinka was sadly pronounced dead at the scene and the woman was rushed to hospital.

An investigation was launched by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate and enquiries, including the examination of CCTV, identified that the four arrested men had visited the area searching for the victims an hour before the murder.

Failing to find them initially, investigators proved that Grant called the woman on the phone and spoke aggressively to her.

She did not know who he was and it was during this conversation that Roach and Caparn approached the victims and the horrific double attack took place.

At a line up Roach was identified as the man who had stabbed the two victims and was charged with murder and grievous bodily harm.

The other men were all subsequently charged in connection with the incident.

At sentencing Roach was convicted of murder, unlawful wounding, possession of a knife and sentenced to 27 years in jail.

Caparn was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Grant and Harris were both convicted of manslaughter and unlawful wounding, with Grant receiving a 20 year sentence and Harris 18 years.

Senior Investigating Officer, DI Annie Clayton said: “This murder was fuelled by a dispute over the supply of drugs in Maidstone.

“These four men had travelled to Kent seeking retribution, which resulted in the needless death of Mr Adyinka and the serious injury of a woman.

“This has been a tragic incident and these men must now pay for their crimes with lengthy prison sentences.

“Kent Police will continue to take a zero-tolerance approach to gang and drug-related crime and we will work closely with the Metropolitan Police and other neighbouring forces to target known offenders.”


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