'What ends you from?' - How teen was shot dead for being in rival postcode

22 July 2019, 17:47 | Updated: 22 July 2019, 20:14

Two men have been found guilty of shooting a "role model" teenager to death with a shotgun in a revenge attack. 

Abdul Mayanja, 19, was shot in the chest in Stratford, east London, in August 2017 after being asked: "What ends you from?" or "Where you from?"

The teenager, who was described as a "good boy with a bright future", was not involved in gangs but his killers were gang members trying to settle a score in a rival area.

He was approached by the two men - one of whom was carrying a sawn-off shotgun - while sitting on a wall with a girl after attending a barbecue with friends.

Mr Mayanja was shot before he could give an answer to the attackers' question.

The two men then made off in a grey Nissan Qashqai, which was found burning in the early hours of the following morning.

Prosecutor Anthony Orchard QC said Mr Mayanja was an "easy target" who was left to die following the indiscriminate attack.

The shooting was allegedly in revenge for an attack on drug dealer Heracles Simos, the cousin of two of the defendants.

He was shot in the back but survived, the court heard.

Sean Obazee and Braeden Henry, both 25, from Plaistow and Silverton respectively, were found guilty of murder following a trial at the Old Bailey.

Obazee began protesting his innocence after he was convicted, screaming: "I did not know them. I did not do it. What the f*** fam. I didn't do it."

Cousins Alex Simos, 20, from Manor Park, and Marvin Simos, 22, from north Woolwich, were found not guilty of both murder and manslaughter.

Marvin Simos laughed and stuck out his tongue and Alex Simos nodded and smiled as they were acquitted.

The pair had admitted they were in the car before the shooting, but said they did not know about the gun.

Alex Simos, who had been driving the vehicle, named their co-defendants as the gunman and accomplice.

Kieron Aransibia, 24, from Beckton, and Jade Thrower, 24, from Manor Park, east London, were cleared of perverting the course of justice.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Considine of Scotland Yard said Mr Mayanja "did not stand a chance" after he was "outnumbered and ambushed".

The teenager's mother said: "He was a role model to those he associated with. Abdul was very helpful and understanding. He always wore a smile on his face.

"I will never forget the pain and disappointment he must have endured in his last moments.

"I don't understand why anyone would want to harm him and that, for us as parents, will haunt us for a lifetime."