Jaden Moodie was hunted down and struck by a car before being stabbed to death in a frenzied attack in east London.
Ayoub Majdouline, 19 , of Wembley, was sentenced at the Old Bailey today, Wednesday, 18 December to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 21 years.
He was found guilty of murder and possession of an offensive weapon at the same court on Wednesday, 11 December following a trial.
Jaden was riding a moped when he was deliberately targeted and was struck head on by a car in Bickley Road, Leyton, shortly before 6.30pm on Tuesday, 8 January.
Officers and paramedics from the London Ambulance Service attended and found him suffering stab injuries. Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, and members of the public who rushed over to help, Jaden was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:09pm.
A special post-mortem examination held at Walthamstow Mortuary on Wednesday, 9 January gave the cause of death has hypovolemic shock and stab wounds to the torso. The pathologist noted that Jaden had nine stab wounds.
The jury heard that Majdouline was in a black B class Mercedes with four other males on the evening of Tuesday, 8 January who were driving around streets of Leyton looking for rival gang members. Shortly before 6.30pm, they spotted Jaden riding a moped in the opposite direction. As they approached Jaden, the driver deliberately swerved across the road and rammed the moped head on with such force that Jaden was catapulted onto the car’s bonnet and his helmet came off.
The Mercedes reversed a few feet and four males, who had their faces covered, jumped out of the car. Three males, including Majdouline who was wearing yellow rubber gloves, stabbed Jaden nine times in seven seconds while he was lying defenceless on the ground. The males then got back into the car and it sped off towards Capworth Street.
Jaden was found unresponsive in a pool of his own blood after being left to die in the street by his attackers.
The whole incident, from the collision to the Mercedes fleeing the scene, lasted around 14 seconds.
Homicide detectives from Specialist Crime launched a murder investigation and immediately began gathering evidence including forensics, reviewing hundreds of hours of CCTV and interviewing witnesses.
Detectives located the suspect vehicle, which had frontal damage, on the afternoon of Wednesday, 9 January dumped in a parking bay in Cochrane Court, just over one mile from the murder scene. CCTV revealed the car was dumped around five minutes after the murder and caught the five occupants walking calmly away. Enquiries established that the car had been stolen from a residential burglary in E7 between 1 and 2 January.
A crime scene was put in place around the abandoned car, and officers located a knife covered in blood disposed in a drain between 10 to 15 feet away from the vehicle. A further search of other nearby drains resulted in a pair of yellow rubber gloves being found. Two further two knives were located in the same drain as the first, found buried under a layer of leaves.
The bloody knife and gloves were sent off for urgent testing. The blood on the knife and gloves were identified as belonging to Jaden, and DNA found on the knife handle and inside the gloves identified Majdouline.
Majdouline was captured on CCTV calmly walking into a shop in Church Road about 10 minutes after the murder to buy a soft drink. Majdouline was still wearing the top with a grey hood and the black trainers with white soles that he was wearing during the attack. However, he was no longer wearing the outer black jacket or the blue jeans.
Majdouline was next caught on CCTV returning to his Wembley home at about 10:30am on Wednesday, 9 January. He was no longer wearing the distinctive black trainers with the white soles, but a pair of darker covered trainers. He also no longer had the purple plastic drawstring bag he was wearing when he left his home address on the afternoon of Monday, 7 January.
A few days after the murder, officers found a pile of burnt clothing in a churchyard not far from where the car was abandoned and the shop that Majdouline visited. When the remains were examined, officers found part of a purple plastic drawstring bag which was the same as what Majdouline was seen carrying and the distinctive black trainers with the white soles worn by Majdouline during the murder. Furthermore, a black T-shirt and some blue jeans that were recovered had Majdouline’s DNA on them in the inside.
A section 8 warrant was executed at Majdouline’s home address on Tuesday, 15 January and a number of items were seized including the blue jogging bottoms Majdouline was seen wearing on CCTV on the day of Jaden’s murder.
Majdouline returned to his home address on Saturday, 19 January and he was arrested by police shortly after 1:05am. Officers searched his room and the hoodie he was wearing on the day of Jaden’s murder was seized.
Majdouline was interviewed twice and answered no comment to all the questions put to him.
He was charged later that same day with the murder of Jaden Moodie and possession of an offensive weapon.
In a statement read at court, Jaden’s mother Jada said: “
Jaden was a loving, caring, family oriented little boy. He was a very loyal friend.
When I home schooled Jaden back in 2016 he wanted to study to become a mechanic, you see he always had a fascination about cars and bikes. He borrowed a book from the library and dismantled a motorbike then put it back together again in our garden.
“Obsession was an understatement, he was besotted with bikes and cars. He used to watch Top Gear all the time. He also liked to dress smart in designer clothes, so I encouraged him to start his own line. He made sketches and called it YP (Young Productions).
“He was also very concerned about the homeless on the streets of Nottingham. Every winter we would buy gloves from Primark and hand them out. He really was a remarkable human being, at his tender age he showed empathy for humanity.
“How do I live without him since this terrible, barbaric attack? I still don’t know, I am in shock. I feel like it’s a dream and I will wake up he will be there with us. I don’t leave my house, I have become aloof. I find everything a challenge.
“He is loved by both parents, even if one was on the other side of the world. No parent should have to bury a child before themselves.”
Detective Inspector Dave Hillier from Specialist Crime, said:
“Majdouline has never shown any remorse for the savage attack he carried out on a defenceless 14-year-old child. His selfishness forced Jaden’s family to go through a harrowing trial where they had to re-live the vicious murder of their loved one.
“While today’s sentence will not bring Jaden back, I hope it brings his family a small measure of comfort. I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Jaden’s family for the incredible strength and courage they have shown throughout the investigation and trial.
“Majdouline and his accomplices went out on the evening of 8 January with the clear intention of causing, at the very least, serious harm to someone as they prowled the streets of Leyton looking for their target – which unluckily for Jaden became him.
“His attackers’ intentions were obvious from their face and hand coverings, an attempt to hide from any cameras, and the large knives they were carrying.
“After deliberately ramming Jaden off his moped, his attackers did not think twice about carrying out a savage, frenzied attack on him – stabbing him nine times in seven seconds while he laid defenceless on the ground. They fled the scene and left Jaden to slowly bleed to death in the middle of the road.
“His attackers dumped the car nearby and were captured on CCTV calmly walking away as though nothing had happened.
“They tried to destroy any evidence linking them to the attack, but they failed, and officers were soon able to link Majdouline to Jaden’s murder and gather enough evidence to charge him. I’m grateful that the jury agreed with the overwhelming evidence against Majdouline and found him guilty of the cold blooded murder of a 14-year-old child.
“However, our work is not over yet. We know that there were five people in that black Mercedes. Rest assured, our investigation is continuing around the clock and will continue to do so until all those responsible for Jaden’s murder are brought to justice.
“I’d urge anyone with any information about this terrible incident, no matter how insignificant you think it might be, to get in touch with us. Perhaps you could not speak to us at the time for a number of different reasons, but circumstances change and your information could help bring all of those responsible for Jaden’s murder to justice.
“If you do not feel that you can speak to us, then why not contact an independent charity such as Crimestoppers or Fearless where you can provide information anonymously.”
Commander for the North East Basic Command Unit, Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Tucker, said:
“The brutal murder of 14-year-old Jaden Moodie, who had his whole life ahead of him, sent shockwaves through the community of Leyton, and rightly so. While it is a rare occurrence for someone so young to lose their life to violence, it is still a shocking and terrible thing to happen. At the time many spoke about being incensed by Jaden’s murder, I want people to remember that feeling and reflect on how we can all work together to stop any more senseless violence. We must always remember that Jaden was not a young man but a child. I am very pleased that Majdouline has been found guilty of murder and London is a safer place with him behind bars.
“Jaden lost his life on the evening of 8 January because there were people on the streets of Leyton, like Majdouline, who were willing to carry a knife. This attitude needs to change.
“Tackling violence is the number one priority for the Metropolitan Police. In the boroughs of Waltham Forest and Newham we have had some successes in reducing violence, especially knife crime by targeting gangs and those who choose to menace and threaten communities. The challenge is there is still too many young people making poor life choices. There is an equal number of people who somehow believe that this lifestyle is an inevitability for many young men, it is not.
“However, the police do not work in isolation. We can only tackle violence together and we need the help of the public to identify those willing to carry knives or those involved in these violent acts. Together, we can stop more young lives like Jaden’s being taken in an act of mindless violence.”
A 24-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder on 25 April and a 21-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder on Wednesday, 25 July both remain released under investigation pending further enquiries.
The investigation continues.
Anyone with information about the murder of Jaden Moodie should call the incident room on 020 8345 3734 or police on 101 quoting CAD 5720/08JAN.