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Two jailed for Greenwich double murder after fatally knifing fellow attacker in ambush on victim

Kearne Solanke, left, and Charlie Bartolo (Metropolitan Police/PA) (PA Wire)
Kearne Solanke, left, and Charlie Bartolo (Metropolitan Police/PA) (PA Wire)

Two teenagers have been convicted of double murder after ambushing their intended victim who they killed along with one of their friends who they accidentally knifed.

Alagie Jobe, and Hussain Bah, both 19 and from south east London, were both sentenced to 25 years' imprisonment for killing 16-year-olds Charlie Bartolo and Kearne Solanke.

The teenage victims were found with fatal stab injuries just one mile apart in Greenwich, Inner London Crown Court had heard.

Analysis of CCTV revealed that five men had arrived in a car, which was deliberately rammed into a motorbike being ridden by Charlie Bartolo in Sewell Road.

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Three of them attacked Charlie Bartolo as he he lay on the ground. The CCTV shows that all three of them used large knives to stab and strike their victim.

Homicide detectives discovered that Solanke was one of the three who jumped out of the the car and attacked Charlie.

But during the carnage one of his fellow attackers had inadvertently stabbed him.

The CCTV footage shows that Solanke got back into the car with the rest of the group, and they all drove away.

Alagie Jobe
Alagie Jobe

But when the car reached Titmuss Avenue only a mile away, they abandoned the car and they abandoned Kearne to die on the pavement.

The prosecution case against all of the defendants is that they were all signed up to a joint plan to find and attack someone in Abbey Wood as they were from a rival gang in Thamesmead.

Each of them in played their own part in that attack – Bah driving them there and hitting Charlie with the car, a 17-year-old driving them away, and the other three, including Kearne Solanke, carrying out the stabbing that all five of them intended.

Hussain Bah
Hussain Bah

Detective Chief Inspector Kate Blackburn said: “My team of detectives worked relentlessly to identify the group’s movements across south-east London on the day of the murders. Even though some of the CCTV did not pick up their faces, my officers worked incredibly hard to identify them via their clothing including trousers and footwear. This was crucial in placing them together before and after the attack on Charlie.

“This case demonstrates the utter devastation caused by knife crime and people who arm themselves with large knives, not only risk killing those they see as enemies, but also people they consider their friends. The lengthy sentences imposed by the judge shows how seriously the court views the actions of these young men.

"My thoughts, and those of my team, remain with the families of both Charlie and Kearne."