Dean Mayley murder: Accused had 'samurai sword in car'

Dean Mayley Image copyright Metropolitan Police
Image caption Dean Mayley had a condition which meant he had a mental age of about nine

An 18-year-old accused of the murder of a man with learning difficulties was caught with a samurai sword in the boot of his car, an Old Bailey jury heard.

Dean Mayley, 24, was stabbed in the heart on Ruislip Road in Greenford, west London, on 7 February.

In September last year, Michael Mensah, 18, was arrested and police found a five-inch blade in his trainer and a samurai sword in his car.

Mr Mensah, of Greenford, denies murdering Mr Mayley.

Ryan Beresford, 19, of Acton, and two 17-year-old boys, have also denied murder.

Mr Beresford, Mr Mensah and one of the 17-year-olds deny attempted robbery.

The other 17-year-old has admitted one charge of attempted robbery, the court heard.

The teenagers cannot be named for legal reasons.

Previous blades convictions

Jurors heard Mr Mensah, who has previous convictions for the possession of blades, was the driver who allegedly drove the group to and from the scene of the stabbing.

He pleaded guilty to two offences of possession of an offensive weapon after the discovery of the samurai sword in September last year, the court was told.

In January, less than a month before the attack on Mr Mayley, Mr Mensah was stopped in his car and police found a lock knife underneath the driver's seat. He subsequently admitted to possession of a bladed article.

The case continues.

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