Video: New Cross teen Roree Cox guilty of murdering Kevin Ssali in Lee

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A NEW CROSS 18-year-old has been found guilty of murdering Kevin Ssali, 14, in Lee, in a dispute over a woolly hat.

Kevin died after Roree Cox, 18, ran onto his bus brandishing a knife on September 15.

The 202 bus had been travelling down Burnt Ash Road in Lee Green when an argument broke out between Kevin and Cox's 15-year-old brother Chay who sat next to him.

An Old Bailey jury heard a friend of Mr Cox, who had a history of hostility with Kevin and had been travelling on the 261 bus behind, called him to alert him to the dispute.

Prosecutor Sean Larkin told the Old Bailey that Crown Wood College pupil Kevin had "made comments to the 15-year-old boy about his woollen hat and large designer watch".

He said: "While he was outside the 202 the defendant took off his training shoe and took out a knife.

"Two of the 15-year-old boy's friends let him on the bus by opening the emergency exit door.

"Holding a knife he ran up the stairs. Meanwhile Kevin had moved away from the 15-year-old boy towards the stairs.

"As [the defendant] ran up, witnesses heard him shout 'Do you want me to stab you?'

"He ran up the stairs and he stabbed Kevin once. He stabbed him over the barrier at the top of the stairs. The defendant then ran downstairs."

Cox, of Wardalls Grove, had denied the murder but jurors unanimously found him guilty today (January 15).

He is due to be sentenced on February 28.

Detective Inspector John Marriott who led the investigation into Kevin's death said: "I would like to use today's verdict as an opportunity to thank all those people who have been brave enough to talk to us and help piece our investigation together.

"I know that Kevin's family appreciate the part they have played in seeing justice done for him.

"The events that led to Kevin's death started as an exchange between two boys that wasn't violent, or threatening to other people on the bus.

"Roree Cox's actions show a young man who was carrying a knife, and prepared to use it.

"He stabbed Kevin without even considering if his brother was in danger or if Kevin, who was unarmed, could fight back."

CCTV footage

The footage below, released by the Met Police, shows Cox, dressed largely in black with a dark baseball cap, boarding the bus. Cox can be seen taking a knife from his shoe. The footage then cuts to show several people, including Cox, walking upstairs on the bus. As two people walk in front of the camera, Cox has reached up from the stairs and stabbed Kevin, who was on the upper deck, with an overarm motion. Kevin, wearing a short-sleeved white t-shirt can be seen walking towards the stairs and down, putting his hand to the stab wound in his chest as he passes the camera.

 

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2:45pm Wed 15 Jan 14

The Fozziest of Bears says...

OK - that's one piece of trash out the way for 10 years.
OK - that's one piece of trash out the way for 10 years. The Fozziest of Bears
  • Score: 16

3:45pm Wed 15 Jan 14

ksc says...

The Fozziest of Bears wrote:
OK - that's one piece of trash out the way for 10 years.
I would love to share in your optimism I really would, but, Roree the killer WILL be back on the streets, doing what he does best in two or three year's no problem, he knew that when he took a kid's life his own life would not be affected too much, more of an occupational hazard really, if he thought for one second that killing a person would result in a 40 year prison sentence without the possibility of early release, HE WOULD NOT HAVE KILLED THAT CHILD, but this is good old Blighty, if it wasn't for those pesky victims, the poor old killers wouldn't have to go to prison at all.
[quote][p][bold]The Fozziest of Bears[/bold] wrote: OK - that's one piece of trash out the way for 10 years.[/p][/quote]I would love to share in your optimism I really would, but, Roree the killer WILL be back on the streets, doing what he does best in two or three year's no problem, he knew that when he took a kid's life his own life would not be affected too much, more of an occupational hazard really, if he thought for one second that killing a person would result in a 40 year prison sentence without the possibility of early release, HE WOULD NOT HAVE KILLED THAT CHILD, but this is good old Blighty, if it wasn't for those pesky victims, the poor old killers wouldn't have to go to prison at all. ksc
  • Score: 28

3:47pm Wed 15 Jan 14

the wall says...

Roree Cox = Child Killer. The kid was 14. You nasty little maggot, bet you think yourself proper big and hard. Now look out yourself, enjoy the showers you worthless piece of bile.
Roree Cox = Child Killer. The kid was 14. You nasty little maggot, bet you think yourself proper big and hard. Now look out yourself, enjoy the showers you worthless piece of bile. the wall
  • Score: -2

9:08pm Wed 15 Jan 14

RightSaidFrank says...

Did the police detain the lads who forced open the doors? Surely they are accessories to a crime
Did the police detain the lads who forced open the doors? Surely they are accessories to a crime RightSaidFrank
  • Score: 20

12:13pm Thu 16 Jan 14

kentlad says...

Ugly piece of S@#t!!! just another wanna be gangster using weapons because he knows if he used his fists someone would get the better of him!!!

It's true what KSC says he will be out before you know it.

What goes around comes around as they say... good luck inside fella you are going to meet some really nice guys!!! :)
Ugly piece of S@#t!!! just another wanna be gangster using weapons because he knows if he used his fists someone would get the better of him!!! It's true what KSC says he will be out before you know it. What goes around comes around as they say... good luck inside fella you are going to meet some really nice guys!!! :) kentlad
  • Score: 15

3:24pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Swirling Waters says...

He prob would have ended up as a toilet cleaner as he grew up!!!

Toilet cleaner attendant type mopping up after the public have dirtyed up his toilets mug!!!
He prob would have ended up as a toilet cleaner as he grew up!!! Toilet cleaner attendant type mopping up after the public have dirtyed up his toilets mug!!! Swirling Waters
  • Score: 20

9:55am Fri 17 Jan 14

rescoffering says...

...just give him a 'full life' term - just lock him up forever and throw away the key!! j.d.!!
...just give him a 'full life' term - just lock him up forever and throw away the key!! j.d.!! rescoffering
  • Score: 4

11:59am Fri 17 Jan 14

the wall says...

Swirling Waters wrote:
He prob would have ended up as a toilet cleaner as he grew up!!!

Toilet cleaner attendant type mopping up after the public have dirtyed up his toilets mug!!!
And you're the chief trainer
[quote][p][bold]Swirling Waters[/bold] wrote: He prob would have ended up as a toilet cleaner as he grew up!!! Toilet cleaner attendant type mopping up after the public have dirtyed up his toilets mug!!![/p][/quote]And you're the chief trainer the wall
  • Score: -19

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