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Drill rapper stabbed nine times in 'merciless' attack 'did not stand a chance'

A drill rapper was stabbed at least nine times to his head, back and chest in a ‘savage and merciless attack’, a court has heard.

Crosslon Davis, 20, known as Bis, was set upon by four armed youths in a passageway early on December 6 2019, the Old Bailey was told.

The day before, Mr Davis had become angry over ‘disrespect’ about an associate who was killed the year before, it was claimed.

Prosecutor Brian O’Neill QC told jurors: ‘It was a savage and merciless attack. Crosslon Davis did not stand a chance.

‘The forensic pathologist who carried out the post-mortem examination of his body concluded that he had bled to death as a result of multiple wounds.’

The main part of the attack in Deptford, south-east London, was caught on CCTV which showed two of the attackers getting out of a minicab, he said.

They were also recorded on the minicab dashcam getting in the vehicle minutes earlier.

Mr O’Neill alleged they were defendants Elijah Morgan, 20, and Jedaiah Param, 21, who are standing trial accused of murder and having a knife.

Jurors were told the other two males involved in the killing have not yet been ‘satisfactorily’ identified.

Mr Davis was said to be a ‘highly regarded’ drill artist from the Harlem Spartans, a well-known music collective based in Kennington, south London.

He had arranged to film a music video for his latest drill track on the day before he died.

He shot footage around Kennington and Cambridge with friends, including Elhaj Diarrassouba, aka Els, the court heard.

On the car journey back to London, Mr Davis appeared to become ‘angry’ with someone on the phone, jurors heard.

Mr O’Neill said: ‘Rightly or wrongly, he got the impressions the person on the other end of the phone was being disrespectful about “Latz”.’

Latz, real name Latwaan Griffiths, was a fellow Harlem Spartan, who had been stabbed to death in July 2018, the court heard.

Mr Davis told the person on the phone to stop getting rude and to say sorry, but he refused, it was alleged.

Mr Diarrassouba suggested they meet the caller to sort it out and they arrived in the Deptford Creek area at around 1.15am, the court heard.

Mr O’Neill suggested that if there was a pre-arranged meeting with the defendants, it was not possible to say if it was linked to the perceived ‘disrespect’ about Latz.

The defendants had allegedly just got into a cab in Deptford when Mr Davis, armed with a mallet, opened the rear door and tried to attack Morgan.

The cab sped off but the driver was told to stop and the occupants got out and ran back, the court was told.

Param, of Norwood, south London, and Morgan, of no fixed address, deny the charges against them.

Judge Angela Rafferty QC pointed out to the jury that only one of the defendants, Param, was in the dock.

She said Morgan knew about the trial starting but ‘has chosen not to come’.

The trial continues.

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