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Two people have been convicted in connection with the murder of 18-year-old Santino Angelo Dymiter in Newham in August 2019.
On Wednesday, February 17 Rahiem Anderson, 18, of Carlton Close, Upminster, and a 16-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons were both found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey
They were remanded in custody to appear at the same court on Tuesday, April 6 for sentencing.
Police were called at around 3.30pm on Monday August 26, 2019 to reports of a seriously injured man in the street at Chadd Green, E13.
Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service and found 18-year-old Santino Angelo Dymiter suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 4.33pm..
A post-mortem examination at East Ham Mortuary confirmed the cause of death as a stab wound.
Detective Chief Inspector Laurence Smith, said: “The wound that killed Santino was struck with a machete into his back entering more than 12 centimetres and severing arteries.
“The attack was shocking, not only in its ferocity,, but also in the amount and the ineffectiveness of, the planning that had gone into it.”
An investigation launched by homicide detectives from the Specialist Crime Command found that two days prior to the attack, a Ford SMax, had been stolen from a carpark in E6 and was stored at Savage Gardens, E6, where its registration plates had been changed.
Two days later, the teenager and Anderson collected the car and travelled to Chadd Green where they found Santino and his friend walking along the road.
They attacked both men, but one was able to escape while Santino, became the sole target of the attackers, who were both armed with machetes.
Following the attack the teen and Anderson left the scene in the stolen vehicle abandoning it off Stansfield Road, E16.
The teenager was arrested on September 5, 2019 on suspicion of murder, while Anderson attempted to cover his tracks by changing his clothes and moving between different hotels and staying at the home of an acquaintance.
Anderson was arrested at an address in Essex on September 7, 2019.
While Anderson was on remand, prison officers heard him boasting loudly to other inmates in brutal and graphic terms about Santino’s murder, this was supported by the fact that his fingerprints were found both inside and outside the stolen SMax and the younger teen’s DNA was recovered from a cannabis grinder and one of the latex gloves he wore that was left inside the vehicle. The glove was also covered in the victim’s blood.
DCI Laurence Smith, added: “Our enquiries led us to believe that when the two teenagers commited the attack, they intended to murder both Mr Dymiter and his friend.
“Ultimately, a young man is dead and two people will now waste the best years of their lives in jail. There are no winners. The shockwaves of the convictions and the resulting sentences will resonate throughout the families and loved ones of all of those concerned for years to come.”
* Shaian Forde, 26, was found not guilty of murder and Robyn Willson, 27, was found not guilty of assisting an offender.