Mother of murdered Jaden, 14, brands killers ‘cowards’ after conviction

The mother of 14-year-old Jaden Moodie has branded his killers "cowards" as one of them was found guilty of his murder.

Jaden became the year's youngest victim of gang crime when he was knocked off a scooter and stabbed to death in Leyton, east London, on January 8.

The ferocious killing was caught on graphic CCTV which was shown in the Old Bailey trial of Ayoub Majdouline, 19.

As the teenage drug dealer was found guilty at the Old Bailey, Jaden's family held hands in court and said: "Yes. For Jaden, we've done it."

In an interview with ITV News London, Jaden's mother Jada Bailey said: "When they were killing him they could see he was a child.

"So I've got no sympathy and no words. They were cowards. He killed a child. He's a child killer.

"You send your child to school and you think they're going to be safe.

"So a lot of the security and police that they've assigned need to be assigned to the school gate and get them groomers away from the children."

Jaden's father Julian Moodie add that the killers "showed no remorse" after they sent him "flying up in the air" and stabbed him.

The court had heard how Majdouline was one of five Mali Boys who ride out in rival gang territory looking for members of the Beaumont Crew to attack.

Jaden Moodie death
Jaden Moodie death

When they came across Jaden Moodie, who was out dealing drugs on a scooter for the rival gang, they crashed into him and "butchered" him as he lay seriously hurt and defenceless on the ground.

Jaden suffered nine stab wounds and bled to death in the road as the attackers ran back to the car and sped off, the court heard.

Ayoub Majdouline court case
Ayoub Majdouline court case

Prosecutor Oliver Glasgow QC said: "Fourteen seconds was all it took – Jaden did not stand a chance."

Jurors heard how the attackers had gone to great lengths to disguise themselves, covering their heads and hands.

As they calmly walked off, they threw away a knife and a pair of yellow rubber gloves which were recovered from a drain the next day, the court heard.

Jaden's blood and the defendant's DNA were found on both the knife and one of the gloves, jurors were told.

Police also recovered Majdouline's Nike Air Max trainers among burned clothes found in a churchyard after the murder.

Majdouline, from Wembley, north-west London, admitted dealing drugs for the Mali Boys and carrying knives but denied being present during the fatal attack.

After a troubled up-bringing, the defendant, who had an Irish mother and Moroccan father, turned to county lines dealing "to survive", he said.

In 2015, his father Othamane Majdouline, 48, and another man were beaten to death with a hammer in a flat which was set on fire in King's Cross, it an now be reported.

Three years later, Majdouline was identified by the National Crime Agency in as a victim of "modern slavery", amid concerns of exploitation by older youths.

Ayoub Majdouline court case
Ayoub Majdouline court case

Jurors also learned that Jaden had been in trouble with police since he was a 13-year-old.

He had been caught with a Rambo knife and cannabis in Nottingham and appeared in a Snapchat video with an imitation gun.

It can now be reported that the trial coincided with another case at the Old Bailey involving the Mali Boys, which had been involved in long-running tit-for-tat violence.

Hamza Ul Haq, 21, Loic Nengese, 19, and a 16-year-old were found guilty of shooting dead Joseph Williams-Torres, 20, in March last year in Walthamstow, after mistaking him for a member of the Priory Court or Higham Hill gang.

Their trial had heard how Mali gang violence had escalated after one of their own, Elijah Dornelly, 17, was stabbed to death in Walthamstow High Street in May 2017.

The trials were briefly halted after a fight broke out in the Old Bailey cells between Majdouline and Ul Haq, leading to one dock officer being injured as he broke them up.

A jury deliberated for nine hours and 22 minutes for find Majdouline guilty by a majority of murder and possession of a blade.

Judge Richard Marks QC adjourned sentencing of Majdouline until next Wednesday.

Detective Inspector Dave Hillier of Scotland Yard, said Majdouline was convicted on "overwhelming" evidence.

He said "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."