Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Teenager 'Mauled by Gang's Dogs Then Stabbed to Death'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Teenager 'Mauled by Gang's Dogs Then Stabbed to Death'

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Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent

A TEENAGER was murdered in a park when a gang unleashed vicious dogs as "weapons," the Old Bailey heard today.

Two dogs were let loose to chase, bring down and savage Christopher Ogunyemi, 16, the jury was told. He was then stabbed six times and died in Larkhall Park, Lambeth.

Brian Altman QC, prosecuting, described the murder as "an unusual, if not unique case". The two dogs were a Staffordshire Bull-Mastiff cross called Tyson, and a Staffordshire called Mia.

"In the initial stages of the attack both dogs were deployed as weapons," said Mr Altman. "They were unleashed and brought down and savaged their victims, gaining their human masters an advantage by enabling them to access their victims in order to stab them."

Christopher, known as Seyi, suffered multiple wounds which penetrated his aorta and his body was also marked by dog bites, the court heard. He died despite emergency surgery at the scene. His friend Hurui Hiyabu, 17, was stabbed nine times but survived. …

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