Teen stabbing victim Elijah Dornelly ‘disembowelled’ in Walthamstow attack, court hears

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A court hears the 17-year-old victim’s intestines “were spilling out of his belly” when he ran into a cafe after the attack.

Elijah Dornelly, 17, was fatally stabbed in Walthamstow, north London

A 17-year-old boy disembowelled in a street attack ran into a cafe with his intestines spilling out of his stomach, a court has heard.

Elijah Dornelly was fatally stabbed during an ambush by two teenagers in Walthamstow High Street, north London, the Old Bailey was told.

The victim, from Higham Hill, east London, suffered extensive blood loss and was pronounced dead hours later.

Ezra Abeka-Soares, of Caxton Road, Southall, and Morgan Mockford, of Randolf Road, Walthamstow, both 18, deny murder.

Prosecutor Jonathan Rees told jurors that CCTV footage of the stabbing would be played during the trial of the two alleged killers.

He said: “The allegation is that just before 11.30pm on Sunday 7 May, in Walthamstow High Street, Elijah Dornelly and a friend were ambushed by these defendants, both of whom were armed with knives.

“Elijah Dornelly’s friend managed to escape and run away, but Elijah Dornelly was not so fortunate.

“Whilst he managed to dodge the first blow from Ezra Abeka-Soares, he was unable to avoid a lunge from Morgan Mockford, who stabbed him, once, to the gut.”

The court heard the knife cut the victim’s aorta, the largest artery in the body, causing fatal blood loss.

Mr Rees added: “Despite being fatally wounded, Elijah Dornelly ran off and made his way to the rear entrance of a shisha cafe called Arabian Nights.

“He ran inside and subsequently collapsed. His intestines were spilling out of his belly.”

The prosecutor said both defendants accepted being present but deny acting together to murder Mr Dornelly.

The trial continues.

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