Youth to face retrial over killing
PUBLISHED: 11:20 02 March 2009 | UPDATED: 11:22 12 August 2010
A YOUTH jailed for life 18 months ago for stabbing a student to death in an unprovoked attack outside a police station will face a retrial this
A YOUTH jailed for life 18 months ago for stabbing a student to death in an unprovoked attack outside a police station will face a retrial this summer.
Jordan Mayers, 21, of Birch Grove, Grove Park was told he would serve at least 16 years behind bars in September 2007 for the murder of 19-year-old Emmanuel Odunwu.
He was found guilty of plunging a blade into his victim's neck after challenging him to a fight at a bus stop in Lewisham High Street on November 28, 2006.
The victim - known locally as a 'gentle giant' - collapsed with blood spurting from the wound in front of horrified shoppers just yards from Lewisham police station.
He died two days later in hospital.
Last Friday (6) Mayers appeared at the Old Bailey for a plea and case management hearing, after the Court of Appeal ordered that the case be retried.
Wearing a grey Adidas tracksuit top, he spoke only to confirm his name and deny murdering Mr Odunwu.
He had maintained his innocence throughout his original trial, claiming the prosecution witnesses were mistaken in their identification.
Judge Roger Chapple set a trial date of June 15. He was remanded in custody.