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Teenager guilty of murder after boy was stabbed to death in road

A teenager has been found guilty of murder after a 14-year-old boy was knocked off his moped by a car before being stabbed to death in the road.

Ayoub Majdouline, 19, was accused of being one of five young men who had driven around looking for a rival gang member to attack when Jaden Moodie was killed.

Jaden was out drug dealing for the Beaumont gang when he was killed on the evening of 8 January, the Old Bailey heard.

The attack in Bickley Road, Leyton, east London, was captured on CCTV.

Footage played in court showed Jaden being knocked off his moped by a stolen Mercedes before he is seen lying defenceless in the road.

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He was then stabbed by a group of people before the Mercedes drove off.

Jaden suffered nine stab wounds and bled to death in the road as the car sped away, the court heard.

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Majdouline, from Wembley, north London, had denied murder and possession of a knife.

He was seen on CCTV at a Travelodge hotel in Walthamstow on the day before the attack, the court heard.

The teenager was wearing yellow rubber gloves, one of which was later found to have traces of the victim's blood and the defendant's DNA, the jury was told.

Majdouline had a troubled upbringing in Leyton and had turned to drug dealing for older boys to make money, his trial heard.

Image: The moment Jaden was knocked off his moped was captured on CCTV

His Irish mother and Moroccan father split up when he was aged seven, the jury was told.

Majdouline's father died in 2015, so the teenager went to live with an aunt and later went into foster care, his trial heard.

He was identified by the National Crime Agency in 2018 as a victim of "modern slavery", amid concerns of exploitation by older youths, the jury was told.

The teenager said in court he sold drugs "for and with" the Mali Boys gang, including county lines in Basingstoke, Ipswich and Andover.

Jaden Moodie was 14-years-old
Image: The 14-year-old boy was killed in east London in January

He had been caught with drugs and carrying knives, but despite serving time behind bars, went straight back to dealing, the court heard.

Majdouline told jurors he got "confused" sorting out jobseekers' allowance when he turned 18.

He said he returned to drug dealing after a few weeks of volunteer work, adding: "I felt I had to make money the only way I knew how to make money."

Majdouline, who is white, said the majority of the older Mali Boys were Somali, but "black boys, Asian boys and white boys" sold drugs for them.

He explained why he had been given a knife to carry while dealing, saying he had been "sliced" on one occasion in Basingstoke.

Majdouline was wearing yellow rubber gloves on the night before Jaden's death
Image: Majdouline was wearing yellow rubber gloves on the night before Jaden's death

Majdouline said: "Because I was selling drugs for this older guy in Leyton and obviously when I was selling drugs, a lot of people I was selling drugs to were older than me.

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