Man receives life sentence for 2017 murder of Daniel Adger in South Ockendon

A Dagenham man has received a life sentence for murder following the death of a man in South Ockendon back in 2017.

Daniel Boakye, 32, of Western Green, received life with a minimum tariff of 11 years and eight months at Basildon Crown Court today, Monday 21 October.

He also received six years concurrent for being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine and 18 months concurrent for possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

Boakye previously admitted the offence on Tuesday 19 December 2017.

Zakaria Lahrar, 21, of Dee Close, Upminster, previously received 14 years after being found guilty of murder at Basildon Crown Court on Tuesday September 25, 2018.

Just before 1pm on Monday August 21, 2017, Boakye and Lahrar entered an address in Eden Green, South Ockendon.

Daniel Adger, 34, was attacked by Boakye with a machete as he sat in a chair. He then ran outside calling for help while Boakye continued to attack him with the machete causing injuries to his legs, body and head.

Passers-by quickly came to his aid and attempted to dress Mr Adger’s wounds but he sadly died while being transferred to hospital.

Boakye and Lahrar drove from the scene in separate vehicles.

Extensive police investigations revealed the involvement of Boakye, Lahrar and a third person, Connal Cocker-Dawkins, 22, of Denmark Street, Plaistow.

CCTV showed Lahrar and Cocker-Dawkins meeting at a hotel in Grays shortly after the murder.

A huge police investigation followed which identified extensive telephone, CCTV and other evidence proving the involvement of Boakye and Lahrar in the attack and the supply of controlled drugs by Cocker-Dawkins.

Cocker-Dawkins was found not guilty of conspiracy to murder but had previously pleaded guilty of conspiring to supply cocaine. 

He was jailed for three years on Thursday March 8, 2018.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Daniel Stoten, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “Daniel Adger was subjected to a violent attack and suffered terrible wounds which sadly led to his death.

“There have been some delays in Boakye’s sentencing due to legal reasons but he has been in prison since his arrest.

“Boakye and Lahrar will now spend a long time in prison and I hope that this brings some comfort to Mr Adger’s family.

“We will relentlessly pursue and bring to justice those that cause harm to others and we will not close any investigations until all of those responsible are held to account.”

Luis Jordan, 34, of Church Road in Manor Park, is due to stand trial for murder on Monday February 24, 2020.

He was arrested and charged with murder, conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin, robbery, possession of a firearm, and causing grievous bodily harm.

Mick Ferris

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