London: Man convicted of murder after stabbing victim for ‘drug debt’

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The man was found guilty of murder after being fatally stabbed in east London over an ‘alleged drug debt’.

Kwabena Boateng, 22, of Dod Street, was convicted at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday of the murder of Mohammed Ensser, 33, in a horrific assault on the Isle of Dogs last year. He was also convicted of possession of a knife.

He will be sentenced by the same court on Wednesday August 3.

Mohammad Enser

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Detective Chief Inspector Larry Smith said: ‘This conviction highlights what anyone involved in senseless violence can expect; we will investigate, we will identify the people involved and you will go to jail.

Police rushed to East Ferry Road following reports of a fight on September 21, 2021.

Officers found Mr Ensser suffering from multiple stab wounds on East Ferry Road. Despite the best efforts of paramedics, he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

Mr Ensser had spent the evening at Stamford Hill with a friend before taking a taxi to the Isle of Dogs.

Boateng and two associates had arrived at the scene on bicycles minutes earlier. Boateng spotted Mr Ensser outside a newsagent and accused him of owing him money for drugs.

During a tense confrontation, Boateng pulled a large knife from his belt, then attacked and chased Mr Ensser, who quickly tripped and fell between two cars.

Witnesses described a gruesome sight as Boateng stood over the victim as he lay on the ground before plunging the knife into him.

Several people fled their homes to try to help Mr. Ensser who was heard saying “I am going to die” before collapsing.

After the stab wounds, Boateng got on his bicycle and fled.

Boateng was arrested on November 11, 2021 by police who found him hiding under a bed at a Stewart Street address on the Isle of Dogs. He made no comment during police questioning.

CCTV, witnesses, forensic and phone data have all been collected by police as part of the investigation.

Mr Smith added: “Our thoughts are with Mr Ensser’s family. While I hope they can see that justice has been served, I understand the enormity of their grief at such a senseless loss.

“Mohamed was unarmed. He urged Boateng to settle things fairly if necessary, but Boateng was ruthless and attacked without mercy. It was an assault carried out in full view of several passers-by and people watching from the windows of their homes.

“The argument was petty, involving an alleged drug debt, and Boateng saw fit to resolve the matter only with serious violence.”

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