A 16-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with the murder of a teenager who was stabbed in London. The suspect, who has not been named by police, was charged with grievous bodily harm as well as with the murder of Jamaly Samba Baibu, who was 16.
He was arrested in Gatwick Airport after arriving in the UK on Thursday, December 29, and is due to appear in custody at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on New Year’s Eve.
Jamaly was pronounced dead at the scene when police raced to Seward Street in Islington after receiving a call at 10.33pm on Tuesday, December 20. There, officers found two 16-year-old boys with stab wounds.
Despite the best efforts of police to provide emergency first aid until the arrival of paramedics and doctors from London’s Air Ambulance, they were not able to save Jamaly. The teenager’s family are being supported by specialist officers.
Meanwhile, the second boy was taken to an East London hospital, where his injuries were assessed as not life threatening.
An investigation is underway, being led by homicide detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command. Another 16-year-old boy, who was arrested on suspicion of murder on Tuesday, December 27, has since been bailed pending further enquiries to a date in late January.
Tributes have poured in for Jamaly, who was also known as Jamz, on social media.
One friend said there was “never a dull moment being with you or talking to you” and remembered his “smile of gold”.
They wrote: “I dont even know where to start this doesn’t feel right not one bit. I can’t wrap my head around the fact that you’re gone. You had a smile of gold and was always there for anyone when they needed you. There was never a dull moment being with you or talking to you.”
Jamaly’s sister added: “My baby brother, I’m broken I miss you so much. I love love you so much. Why God why do this to my family?”
Another friend said: “He didn’t deserve any of this. He was such a happy soul, taken way too soon.
A third friend also spoke of Jamaly’s “big smile” which he “always had”, saying: “I saw you more like my brother. When I heard this I was in shock. I can’t believe you’re gone. You always had a big smile on your face every time I saw you and to think I’m never gonna see you again hurts.”
Police are urging anyone with information regarding the murder to call 101, with the reference 7008/20Dec, or to remain anonymous, to contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.