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Teen muggers 'celebrated after stabbing amateur boxer to death in alleyway'

Two teenage muggers ‘bumped fists’ in celebration after knifing an amateur boxer to death in an alleyway, a court has been told.

The alleged killers, aged 16 and 17, were part of a gang of four of youths who reportedly targeted three men in the space of five minutes outside a McDonald’s in Tottenham.

Wilham Mendes, 25, was chased into an alleyway near Bruce Grove railway station just after 1am on December 22 last year.

Portuguese national Mr Mendes had tried to escape but his bag was taken from him and he was stabbed several times, the Old Bailey heard.

After the murder CCTV footage shows what is believed to be the 17-year-old wiping the knife on his clothing and ‘fist bumping’ the 16-year-old.

The pair, along with another 16-year-old and a 15 year old, all deny murdering Mr Mendes.

None of the teenagers can be named for legal reasons.

The group’s two other alleged victims, Amari Lawson and Hayden Potter, were both able to escape without injury.

Oliver Glasgow, QC, prosecuting, told the court: ‘At least three of them were armed with knives and they were ready to use them to rob anyone.

‘By 1am the four of them decided to liven things up with a robbery or two. That is why they targeted victims with bags.’

Mr Mendes was on his way home from work at the time of the attack, Mr Glasgow said.

He said: ‘He tried to escape.

‘His bag was taken from him and he was chased into an alleyway where he was stabbed several times.

‘He bled to death in the alley.’

After Mendes was stabbed the four teens reportedly ‘calmly jogged away’.

The four teenagers are all charged with murder, two counts of robbery, one count of attempted robbery, one count of murder, and three counts of possessing an offensive weapon.

One of the 16-year-olds has admitted robbing Amari Lawson and Wilham Mendes but denies murder and trying to rob Mr Potter.

The other 16-year-old admits carrying a knife but denies the other charges.

The 17-year-old and the 15-year-old deny all the charges.

The trial continues.

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