Teenage boy found guilty of ‘terrifying and vicious’ Roehampton murder

A 16-year-old boy has been found guilty of stabbing a student to death after breaking into his Roehampton home.

Usher Ricardo Sawyers, of Carlton Drive, Putney, was just 15 and still at school when he fatally knifed Martin Thomas, 39, in his Roehampton home.

Two of his accomplices, Odel Munroe-Sobers, 20 of Sudbury House, Wandsworth High Street, and a 14-year-old, who was 13 at the time and cannot be named due to his age, have also been found guilty of manslaughter and robbery.

The brutal attack was carried out by Sawyers, while his companions waited outside the property for a signal to head inside and steal the victim’s laptop, iPhone and video camera.

Investigating officer Detective Inspector Andrew Rees, of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “Martin Thomas was the victim of a terrifying and vicious attack in his own home.

“Whilst he knew one of his attackers, such incidents in the home are still incredibly rare and isolated.

“I am very grateful to the local community who helped us to piece together the tragic events leading to Mr Thomas’s death. I hope today’s verdict goes some way to bringing some solace to his family and friends at this very difficult time.”

Neighbours described seeing three males entering Mr Thomas’ Huntingfield Road home at 8pm on April 22.

Minutes later the group were spotted fleeing the scene, leaving the victim bleeding on his kitchen floor, where police discovered his body.

Sawyers was tracked down by police having left his hat at the scene of the crime.

The vicious trio are due to be sentenced at the Old Bailey on Friday March 13.

Picture courtesy of ohi007, with thanks

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