A HORSHAM mechanic helped dispose of a car after the murder of a 33-year-old man.

The Old Bailey heard that a deadly attack was carried out in Croydon in the mistaken belief that Albert Amofa possessed a large quantity of drugs.

Donald Owusu, 25, of no fixed address, and Harvey MacFoy, 26, of Beachborough Road, Bromley, were both found guilty on May 9 of the murder of Mr Amofa following a trial at the Old Bailey.

Theo Brown, 32, of Horsham was found guilty of perverting the course of justice for his role in disposing of a car used following the attack in Drake Road, Croydon, shortly after 9pm on December 15, 2019.

The car was later found with false number plates fitted in a residential street in Nottingham. The court heard that it had been driven there by Brown, while MacFoy travelled in convoy in a van.

Brown, a mechanic, had removed a tracking device from the car prior to the journey north.

Detective Inspector Jo Sidaway, a homicide detective from the Met’s Specialist Crime, led the investigation and said Owusu and MacFoy put a considerable amount of planning into the attack on Albert, who they believed would be in possession of a considerable quantity of cannabis.

"Whether their actual plan was to rob Albert using the threat of violence before making their escape will never be known," he added.

“However, their initial motive is irrelevant as they descended into using lethal violence as events unravelled, leaving Albert with multiple stab injuries as they fled from the scene empty-handed.”

The court heard how Albert, and a female friend, had arrived home and parked his car in Drake Road, Croydon, having just returned from dropping Albert’s son back with his mother in west London.

As Albert attempted to get out of the car, he was rushed by two men – one of whom was Owusu - who pushed him back into the vehicle. The woman, who had already exited the car, was grabbed by MacFoy and forced into the rear of the car.

MacFoy pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice at the start of the trial.

All three will be sentenced at the same court at a later date.

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