Heartbroken mum's emotional tribute to NHS worker son, 24, after gang members knifed him to death in 'petty game'

THE heartbroken mum of an NHS worker who was knifed to death by gang members has shared an emotional tribute to him as his killers were convicted today.

David Gomoh, 24, was repeatedly stabbed in the street in Canning Town, London on April 26 last year as he spoke to his girlfriend on the phone.


The marketing graduate, who worked in NHS procurement, staggered back to his home in east London and bled to death in front of his horrified family.

David Ture, 19, of no fixed address; Vagnei Colubali, 22, of Cambridge; Muhammad Jalloh, 19, of no fixed address, and a 17 year-old boy from Telford, Shropshire, were found guilty of Mr Gomoh's murder following a trial at the Old Bailey.

The defendants were also convicted of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm with intent to another man who got away and has never been identified.

After the verdict, David’s mum Marian said: “David’s murder is without doubt the hardest thing my family and I have been through. It is something that no parent should ever go through.

"While this has been painful beyond words, I am beyond grateful to God that today we have seen justice and the four men who took my son’s life have been found guilty.

“The family would like to thank all the first responders on the scene that fateful night; the media, the police, especially the investigating officers, who have worked so hard to secure justice for David Jason Junior Gomoh, who was such a charismatic, intelligent and focused young gentleman.

“Nothing will bring back a life that was so full of promise and hope, a life that was brutally taken away from us; but we are grateful that now we can begin to mourn and build a fitting legacy for David.”

Jurors heard the victim had nothing to do with gangs, but was nonetheless targeted in an ongoing feud involving the "petty but fatal game of one-upmanship" played out on the streets of London.

Afterwards, investigators uncovered sketches by one of his killers which revealed a chilling "picturebook story" of the events leading up to the murder.

Jurors deliberated for almost 15 hours before returning the verdicts of guilty on all counts.

Members of Mr Gomoh's family attended court in person on Wednesday and gasped as the verdicts were read out.

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The trial had heard how Mr Gomoh was picked at random by the Northside Newham Gang to send a message to rival Custom House and Beckton gangs.

The defendants armed themselves with knives, changed clothes and got a stolen car with false number plates before setting off to south Newham to find someone to attack.

They first chased an unidentified man who managed to run away. Less than an hour later, Mr Gomoh left his home address in Custom House to go to the local supermarket.

He was chatting to his girlfriend on a mobile phone who heard someone demand "where are you from" and sounds of a struggle.

After inflicting multiple stab wounds, the attackers fled in a stolen car driven by Colubali. A pair of sunglasses left at the murder scene was found to have the 17-year-old defendant's DNA on it.

A second pair of glasses inside the discarded getaway car had Jalloh's DNA on it.

Police uncovered a series of drawings from Ture's bedroom showing a number of young men carrying out a stabbing in order to attack one of their rivals.

The sketches not only showed the location of Mr Gomoh's murder in Freemasons Road but the clothes the defendants had worn.

Detectives said the sketches were a "picturebook story of the events leading up to the murder", and included detail only the killers would have known.

Prosecutor Oliver Glasgow QC said: "What had David Gomoh done to deserve such a fate? He had the misfortune to live in an area of London that is frequented by rival gangs."

He said the murder was not a case of mistaken identity as the attackers did not care whom the killed, only where they came from.

The defendants all denied being present at the scene of the killing.

Jalloh admitted associating with a gang in his work as a drug dealer.

The court heard he had two convictions for carrying knives and Ture had a conviction for wounding with a knife.

Mark Lucraft QC, recorder of London, thanked jurors for their efforts during the trial, which lasted just over six and half weeks.

A sentencing date was set for September 17.





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