Peckham Rye murder suspect appears at Old Bailey

News Desk (11 May, 2017) Crime Emergency services

The defendant will submit a guilty or not-guilty plea on July 24

16919Bilal Kargbo, photo issued by Met Police

The defendant accused of murdering father of four Bilal Kargbo in the centre of Peckham appeared at the Old Bailey on Monday.

Parish Ofoeme, 22, of Burrage Road in Greenwich will next appear in court to submit a plea on July 24, and a provisional trial date is set for October 16.

Ofoeme was arrested on May 1, with another man, aged 28, who was released on bail until a date in June having been suspected of “assisting an offender”.

Mr Kargbo, who lived in Borough and worked at a phone shop in Peckham, was pronounced dead at the scene in Blenheim Grove at 3.51pm, April 28.

A post-mortem concluded that he died after receiving stab wounds to his chest and arm.

Mr Kargbo was named by a close friend, Alim Komora, who made an emotional plea the day after his death.

His body was formally identified on May 8 by members of his family who are from Sierra Leone. They have requested privacy in this “difficult time”, police said.

The crime scene in Blenheim Grove and Rye Lane on April 28

Crowds attended a candle-lit vigil held in Blenheim Grove on April 29, at a shrine of flowers and photos.

A second vigil, organised by Abdulrahman Musa-Johnson, was held at the Walworth Methodist Church Peace Garden on May 5.

In a letter regarding the vigil, Mr Musa-Johnson said: “Many of us are in very deep shock and very traumatised about this incident and I together with others from the community are supporting Bilal’s family, friends, and those who knew him.” Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8785 8244 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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