Kennington man sentenced to life for Bright Akinleye murder

Katherine Johnston (03 July, 2020)

Bright had been embroiled in a feud played out on social media before the attack

28094Victim: Bright Akinleye

A man from Kennington Park Road has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Bright Akinleye in Camden last year.

Bright, a music manager, was attacked while filming a drill rap music video with a rapper in February 2019.

He was found in a hotel lobby in Euston Street at 10.45pm, February 18, suffering severe stab wounds.

Despite the efforts of police officers and paramedics he died at the scene forty-five minutes later.

Thirty-one-year-old Tashan Brewster was convicted Monday, March 9, along with 29-year-old Abdoulie Ceesay (no fixed address).  Both will serve a minimum of 21 years behind bars for the murder.

Thirty-year-old Oliver Petts (also no fixed address) pleaded guilty to manslaughter during the trial and was sentenced to five years.

All were sentenced at the Old Bailey on Monday (June 29).

A further defendant, 27-year-old Silas Loko from Walworth’s Kinglake Estate, had been found not guilty of murder.

Tashan Brewster, from Kennington

On the night he died, Bright had been filming in a studio in Deptford before relocating to a flat in Euston.

At about 10.40pm a group of men attacked him with a large knife inside the flat.

Bright wrestled the knife away before running to a nearby hotel.  The knife was found lying beside him and DNA evidence linked it to Brewster.

Detectives found that Bright had been embroiled in a feud played out on social media.

Petts’ Mercedes – which was found in a yard in Kent around a month after the murder – was tracked on CCTV driving from south London to the Euston area at the time of the attack

Mobile phone analysis also placed Brewster and Petts in Euston when Bright was stabbed, with several calls made coordinating the attack.

Ceesay and Brewster were arrested on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.  Petts was arrested a week later.

Detective Inspector Jamie Stevenson, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “[Monday’s] sentencing is the culmination of our investigation into the needless death of another young man.

“Our thoughts remain with Bright’s family as they continue to struggle to come to terms with him being snatched from them.

“This fatal stabbing stemmed from several people being involved in taunting on social media.

“I still cannot comprehend how it ended in such a violent murder.”

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