Two men who used a tracking device to ambush a father before stabbing him are found guilty of murder

ByLance T. Lee

May 9, 2022

Two men who used a tracking device to ambush a father before stabbing him to death inside his Mercedes have been convicted of murder.

Donald Owusu, 25, Harvey MacFoy, 26, and an unidentified man attacked Albert Amofa after he arrived at his home in south Croydon, south London, with a girlfriend on the evening of December 15, 2019, a announced the Old Bailey.

Mr Amofa, 33, was stabbed multiple times as the attackers, two wearing balaclavas, demanded his car keys in an alleged attempt to steal £5,000 worth of cannabis they mistakenly believed be in the vehicle.

Prosecutor John Price QC said the plan appeared to have been to abduct the occupants and drive them from Drake Road to Croydon in the victim’s black Mercedes.

Harvey MacFoy

Donald Owusu (left), 25, Harvey MacFoy (right), 26, and an unidentified man attacked Albert Amofa after he arrived at his home in south Croydon, south London, with a girlfriend in the evening of December 15, 2019, the Old Bailey was told

But they were thwarted when they could not force Mr Amofa to hand over the keys.

The court heard the murder followed a carefully organized plan to abduct the victim, after buying and installing a tracking device on his car.

MacFoy and a third defendant, Theo Brown, were charged with conspiring to pervert the course of justice by disposing of the rental car used by the assailants.

Brown, who alone denied the charge, was allegedly involved in transporting the Peugeot to Nottingham, where it was left on a residential street.

An autopsy revealed that Mr Amofa had five injuries to his back and thigh, one of which had entered the femoral vein and resulted in severe blood loss.

Investigators went through CCTV footage to find the attackers, who had arrived in a Peugeot car.

Mr Amofa (pictured), 33, was stabbed multiple times as the attackers, two wearing balaclavas, demanded his car keys in an alleged attempt to steal £5,000 worth of cannabis they mistakenly thought was find in the vehicle.

Mr Amofa (pictured), 33, was stabbed multiple times as the attackers, two wearing balaclavas, demanded his car keys in an alleged attempt to steal £5,000 worth of cannabis they mistakenly thought was find in the vehicle.

It had been rented through an app that used GPS tracking, allowing police to recreate the defendants’ movements to and from the scene.

The prosecution suggested the attackers believed their targets had a large shipment of cannabis in the Mercedes after the drugs were advertised on social media.

As a result, the bus driver, Mr Amofa, was ambushed moments after parking outside his home.

The court heard that Owusu’s DNA was found on the tracker fitted to the Mercedes.

DNA under the victim’s fingernails was linked to MacFoy, jurors were told.

MacFoy and a third defendant, Theo Brown (above), were charged with conspiring to pervert the course of justice by disposing of the rental car used by the attackers

MacFoy and a third defendant, Theo Brown (above), were charged with conspiring to pervert the course of justice by disposing of the rental car used by the attackers

Owusu, the alleged knife, and MacFoy had denied involvement in the murder.

In his testimony, Owusu claimed he was asked to install the tracker by a contact known only as “Big S” as part of a business exposing cheating wives.

The jury deliberated for 21 hours to convict Owusu and MacFoy, from south London, of murder on Monday.

MacFoy had admitted to perverting the course of justice and Brown, also from south London, was found guilty of the same offence.

Judge Alexia Durran adjourned sentencing to a date to be set in June.

A violent fight broke out in the dock as Owusu and McFoy were taken into custody.


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