Yemurai Kanyangarara murder accused said ‘I’m going to stab him’, court hears
A TEENAGER accused of murdering Yemurai Kanyangarara was overheard saying he was going to stab someone on the day of the killing, the Old Bailey heard.
Two 16-year-olds and a 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, all deny murdering Yemurai on July 1 last year in Upper Wickham Lane, Welling.
An 18-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was travelling towards Welling on the same 96 bus as the defendants.
He told the court that he saw the 15-year-old defendant stand up when the bus reached Bexleyheath clock tower and one of the 16-year-old defendants also stood up to look out of the window.
The witness says he heard the 15-year-old boy say “I swear that’s…”.
He told jurors: “I didn’t hear a name.”
Speaking about the 16-year-old defendant who was standing, the witness told the court: “He said ‘I’m going to stab him’.”
The witness claims he then heard the 15-year-old ask the other defendant if he had a knife, to which he replied ‘yes’.
During cross examination, Miranda Moore, who is defending the 15-year-old, asked the witness: “Have you exaggerated the conversation you overheard on the bus, because I suggest you didn’t hear the word ‘stab’ or ‘have you got a knife’.”
The witness replied: “I did. I was there. I know what happened.”
Yesterday jurors were told that Yemurai and his three friends boarded a 96 bus at Bexleyheath clock tower which travelled behind the bus which the defendants were on.
It is alleged that the defendants made their way to the stop where Yemurai was going to get off and attacked him.
The trial continues.