Gabriel Bringye, 37, was stabbed to death while working for the company Bolt in the capital on February 17 this year, with five teenage boys on trial at the Old Bailey accused of his murder
The brutal murder of a London taxi driver was the “fatal culmination” of a campaign of robberies, a court heard today.
Gabriel Bringye, 37, was stabbed to death while working for the company Bolt in the capital on February 17 this year.
Five teenage boys are on trial at the Old Bailey accused of his murder.
The boys, aged 15 to 17 at the time, had ‘all been party to a plan’ to rob a taxi driver on the day of the killing, the court heard.
None of them bar David Adeyanju, who has since turned 18, can be named for legal reasons.
They were part of a group of six which includes another boy, who will be tried at a later date and also cannot be named for legal reasons, involved in the attack, the court heard.
Earlier in the day five of the boys in the group made their way to Hendon in North West London to steal a phone, which they then used to get back to Tottenham.
They joined up as a six again and used the stolen phone to summon the victim’s taxi before he was stabbed to death with knives they had allegedly been carrying with them that day.
Some of the boys were committing similar crimes in the weeks leading up to the alleged murder, the jury heard.
Philip Evans QC, prosecuting, told the court: “This case relates to a series of offences which include a series of robberies and a murder which took place during January and February earlier this year.
“They came to an end on the 17 February 2021 with the tragic death of a man called Gabriel Bringye.
“He was doing no more than earning a living, working as a private hire cab driver. He was working for the company Bolt which operates much like Uber.
“He received a notification of a booking and made his way to collect the passenger from a pickup point in the Tottenham area.
“When he arrived, he was met by this group of defendants who, instead of wanting a taxi, were in fact intent on robbing him of his car and other possessions.
“So intent on robbery were they, that Mr Bringye was stabbed and the injury which result was so severe he died from it minutes later at the scene. Gabriel Bringye was 37 years old.
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“Mr Bingye’s death came about not by chance but because all of the defendants, together with another youth, had that day been party to a plan or an agreement to rob a taxi driver.
“Mr Bingye was just tragically unlucky that it was him who received that particular booking.
“The robbery was the fatal culmination of a campaign of similar robberies, which had been ongoing around London for several weeks.
“On February 17 this group had planned to take part in the criminal activity they did.
“The group had met as a six earlier in the day and then five of the group had gone to Hendon in order to steal a mobile phone – which they did.
“They then used that stolen phone to order taxis to get them back to the Tottenham area where they joined back up as a six and again used the phone they had stolen earlier to summons Gabriel Bringye’s taxi and then use the knives that they had been carrying with them that day to fatally stab Mr Bringye.
“The day Mr Bringye was killed, the 17 February, was therefore, not the first occasion on which similar events which involved either the stealing of or the accessing of another’s mobile phone took place in order to be used to book taxis which would be stolen.
“Some of this group were committing crimes of a similar nature in the weeks leading up to the 17 February.
“The prosecution say the evidence makes it clear that all of the defendants knew of the presence of knives and knew that a knife would play a part in the robbery.”
They all deny murder and manslaughter.
The trial continues.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.