Two thugs guilty of manslaughter after man stabbed 13 times in horrific attack in east London

Two men who were part of a group who violently attacked a man in Dagenham, smashing his car, chasing and then stabbing him have been found guilty of manslaughter.

Raja Ali, 33, from Elm Park, was stabbed 13 times and set upon with a hammer, metal poles, baseball bats and at least one knife during the horrific attack.

Abubaker Omar-Bana, 26, of Rochford Close, East Ham, and Jordon Archambie, 20, of Hesketh Road, Forest Gate were both found guilty of manslaughter at the Old Bailey on Friday.

They previously pleaded guilty to violent disorder.

Raja Ali had arrived in his car in Stansgate Road with two friends shortly before 7.30pm on September 25 last year, the court heard.

He may have arrived as part of a drugs deal, but it was in fact a set up, police said.


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A Mitsubishi Shogun arrived a short time later and rammed his car from behind before, seconds later, a Renault Megane pulled up, blocking Raja’s car.

Six men got out of the two vehicles, and, using a variety of weapons, unleashed a hail of blows.

One of Raja’s friends climbed out of the car and was chased into nearby Braintree Road by two of the group. A second friend managed to escape from the car and ran to Stansgate Road and hid.

Raja managed to get out and was chased into Braintree Road by three more men, where he was killed.

Detectives retrieved CCTV footage showing the arrival of Bana and Archambie, and three other defendants.


Zakar Yunas, 22, of Rokeby Street, Stratford was found guilty of violent disorder and found not guilty of murder and manslaughter.

Mussa Jalo, 21, of Norfolk Road, Dagenham pleaded guilty to violent disorder and was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter.

Daniel Paul Welch, 34, of Winstead Gardens, Dagenham was found guilty of violent disorder and found not guilty of murder and manslaughter.

Bana, Jalo, Welch and Yunas were all arrested in October and Archambie in November and subsequently charged.

They will be sentenced at the same court on Monday, July 3.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams, of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “This was a pre-planned and orchestrated murder.

“We believe Raja may have gone to meet these men as part of a drugs deal. However, unbeknownst to him, the meeting was actually a set-up, resulting in him losing his life.

“Raja was set upon by this group who launched a vicious attack with a variety of weapons which resulted in his death.

“Regardless of what Raja’s intentions were that night, when he arranged to meet these men he should not have lost his life.

“I hope Raja’s grieving family are able to move forward knowing his attackers have now been brought to justice.”

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