/Teenager, 18, appears in court charged with murder of NHS worker

Teenager, 18, appears in court charged with murder of NHS worker

NHS worker, 24, was stabbed eight times while chatting on the phone to his girlfriend days before his father’s funeral, court hears, as teenagers, 18 and 16, appear charged with murder

  • David Gomoh, 24, was stabbed in Newham shortly after his father passed away 
  • Muhammad Jalloh, 18, appeared at  London’s Thames Magistrates’ Court today
  • Another teenager, 16, later appeared in court charged with the same offences
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Two teenagers have appeared in court charged with the murder of an NHS worker who died after he was stabbed eight times outside his east London home. 

Muhammad Jalloh, 18, and a 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named, allegedly killed David Gomoh in a ‘random’ attack moments after he left his family home at 10.25pm on 26 April.   

The 24-year-old, who studied at Southbank University, worked on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis supplying equipment for NHS staff at St Bartholomew Hospital. 

The marketing graduate was attacked on Freemasons Road, close to the NHS Nightingale hospital at the ExCel centre. 

Two teenagers have appeared in court charged with the murder of David Gomoh, who died after he was stabbed eight times outside his east London home

Two teenagers have appeared in court charged with the murder of David Gomoh, who died after he was stabbed eight times outside his east London home

Two teenagers have appeared in court charged with the murder of David Gomoh, who died after he was stabbed eight times outside his east London home

Pictured: Marian Gomoh

Pictured: Marian Gomoh

Pictured: Ken Gomoh, the father of David Gomoh, who died of coronavirus

Pictured: Ken Gomoh, the father of David Gomoh, who died of coronavirus

Hospital worker Mr Gomoh was stabbed to death in Newham just days before he was due to attend the funeral of his father Ken Gomoh (right) who had passed away after contracting Covid-19 (Pictured left: Marian Gomoh)

The attackers were said to have ambushed Mr Gomoh as he chatted to his girlfriend on the phone, Thames Magistrates’ Court heard.  

The hospital worker died days before he was due to attend the funeral of his father, Ken Gomoh, who passed away after contracting coronavirus.

Neighbours who heard the attack rushed outside to administer first aid before medics arrived to find the victim with eight stab wounds. 

The two teenagers appeared in the dock at Thames Magistrates’ Court today in consecutive hearings charged with murder. 

The teenagers spoke only to confirm their names and dates of birth during the brief hearings.

Recounting the events, prosecutor André Nwadikwa said: ‘He was on the phone to his girlfriend he told her he was headed to a late night store to pick up some goods.’  

Pictured: Police at the scene in east London on April 27 after the fatal knife attack

Pictured: Police at the scene in east London on April 27 after the fatal knife attack

Pictured: Police at the scene in east London on April 27 after the fatal knife attack 

Pictured: Flowers at the scene of the stabbing on Freemasons Road in Newham, East London

Pictured: Flowers at the scene of the stabbing on Freemasons Road in Newham, East London

Pictured: Flowers at the scene of the stabbing on Freemasons Road in Newham, East London

District Judge Gareth Branston remanded Jalloh and the 16-year-old in custody ahead of a further hearing at the Old Bailey on Wednesday.   

Jalloh, of no fixed address, and the 16-year-old, from Telford, are each charged with murder and conspiracy to commit cause grievous bodily harm.        

Mr Gomoh’s mother Marian, who is a labour ward matron at Newham University Hospital, spoke of the family’s ‘devastation’ at the loss of her son and husband last week.

She told MailOnline: ‘My son was not able to bury his father and we lost them both so close to each other. You cannot imagine how devastated the whole family is.

‘For any family one death is bad enough but to suffer two in short a short space of time is so painful that I cannot put it into words. I am devastated, we all are and it’s difficult to be strong at this time, but we are trying.’

Only ten mourners were present at her husband Ken’s funeral, as per current coronavirus guidelines. 

Ms Gomoh sobbed: ‘We were crying for Ken and David, who were the two most important men in my life. Not having all our friends and family there made things much worse.

‘David was a good son, he had a lot to look forward to but now we are preparing for his funeral. His life was cruelly taken away from him and we still don’t know who did it. All we want is justice.’

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