Murdered Clapham College Student Mide-Malcolm Madariola Was Killed Standing Up For His Friend

A teenager has been sentenced for murdering a student who was standing p for his friend outside Clapham South tube station last November.

Malcolm Mide-Madariola, 17, was fatally attacked following a confrontation with two males who were intent on fighting the group he was standing with after college.

Malcolm was standing up for a friend who the defendant had a grudge against when he was attacked.

A 17-year-old youth was found guilty of murder and possession of an offensive weapon at the Old Bailey on Friday, 24 May.

The Old Bailey was told Tammuz Brown, now 18, from the Abbey Wood area of Greenwich thought the boy had stared at him as they passed in the corridor at sixth form college a couple of days before.

Brown got his friend Treynae Campbell to bring a 12-inch knife and he lay in wait after college at about 4.30pm.

Prosecutor Zoe Johnson QC had told jurors that Malcolm was an innocent victim who “bravely sought to stand up to Brown, for which he paid with his life”.

Brown was sentenced at the same court on Friday, 6 September, to 16 years’ imprisonment.

Police were called at around 16:35hrs on Friday 2 November 2018 to reports of a stabbing in Balham Hill, outside Clapham South Underground station.

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended. Malcolm was found suffering from a stab wound.

Officers and paramedics gave the boy emergency first aid before he was taken to a south London hospital, where he died a short time later. His next of kin were informed.

A post-mortem examination at St George’s Hospital Mortuary gave the cause of death as multiple stab wounds.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command quickly launched a murder investigation led by Detective Chief Inspector John Massey. This included a review of local CCTV footage and forensic analysis.

The court heard how Malcolm, from Peckham, was stabbed three times, including once in the heart, during the attack on 2 November.

The weapon used was a hunting knife which police would later trace to Tammuz Brown.

Detective Chief Inspector John Massey, who led the investigation, said: “Malcolm was a student at a college in Clapham and had his whole future ahead of him.

“Brown had clearly come to cause trouble and did not hesitate to inflict fatal injuries following a minor dispute.

“The dangers of carrying a knife are clear to see. The fact that a specialist hunting knife was used and purchased in advance makes the attack all the more sickening.

“Nothing will bring Malcom back but I hope this sentencing goes some small way to helping the family move on from what has been a deeply traumatic phase in their lives.”

On Friday, Malcolm’s entrepreneur father Olumide Wole-Madariola described the devastating impact of losing his son, a top business studies student.

He said: “Malcolm thought big, dreamt big, believed big and worked big all to achieve big but unfortunately his life was taken and cut short.

“Malcolm the phenomenal giver. A young man driven by compassion, by faith, by a fierce sense of justice and a heart full of love.

“His action was not only phenomenal but noble. What a bravery? This heroism will be indelibly marked.

What he was known for as a child was what eventually took his life – peacemaking and standing up for others in need.
“He died for what he lived for. The price Malcolm paid is well worth holding on to our dignity as a family.”

Detaining Brown for a minimum of 16 years, Judge Wendy Joseph QC said the trigger for the dispute “could hardly have been more trivial”.

She told Brown: “You bore a grudge, you planned your revenge, you caused the knife to be taken.”

Judge Joseph said: “It is clear the harm done by the utterly senseless events of November 2 spread well beyond the irremedial loss of Malcolm’s life.”

The court heard Brown had a previous conviction dating back to August 2018 for possessing a zombie knife.

MetPoliceNews Desk
Evening Standard

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