Thomas Cudjoe murder: Five jailed over Ilford forecourt attack

Thomas Cudjoe
Image caption Thomas Cudjoe was stabbed in the chest and legs

Five men have been jailed for life for murdering a man who was stabbed on a petrol station forecourt.

Thomas Cudjoe, 29, from Ilford, east London, was attacked outside a Shell garage near The Bell pub in Ley Street, Ilford, last November.

He was stabbed in the chest and legs, the Old Bailey heard.

Asher Johnson, 25, Courtney Mitchell, 23, Jerome Green, 23, Lewis Johnson, 22, and Reece Garwood, 21, all received life sentences.

CCTV at the forecourt showed a Ford Focus driven by Mr Cudjoe arrive.

The car was then approached by a group of men who attacked the victim.

Green was shown holding a knife and apparently stabbing the victim while he was sitting in the driver's seat, while Asher Johnson could also be seen on film punching and kicking Mr Cudjoe.

Green, of Ashgrove Road, Ilford, received a minimum tariff of 25 years; Mitchell, of Clandon Road, Ilford, must serve at least 18 years; and Garwood, of Overton Road, Romford, was sentenced to a minimum term of 17 years.

Asher and Lewis Johnson, both of Bellamy Close, Poplar, were each jailed for a minimum of 16 and a half years.

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