Man, 22, yelled ‘you’re a Satanist, you deserve to die’ as he tried to murder woman

A 22-year-old man from East London is on trial for attacking a woman whilst praying and shouting “In the name of Jesus”.

Junior Gbadamosi, from the De Beauvoir Estate in Hackney, has pleaded not guilty to the charge of attempted murder.

He has however pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by beating and one count of wounding without intent.

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During his opening trial at the Old Bailey today (Monday, November 29), the jury heard the victim Zehra Mamalai’s interview with the police which took place shortly after the assault.

She told the court how Gbadamosi on March 23 attacked her both inside and outside her flat, using a guitar and a cat scratcher, amongst other objects.

Whilst hitting her across the head, she alleges he repeatedly shouted: “In the name of Jesus, you’re a Satanist, you deserve to die.”

Ms Mamalai stated that she had never had a conversation with Ms Gbadamosi regarding religion and became “scared” by his “aggressive” manner.

She said: “I got scared, I knew that there was something wrong, I knew that immediately.

“I sensed something was wrong when I understood him saying ‘in the name of Jesus’ and he carried on.”

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At one point during the attack, she claims he jumped upon the worktop surface and continued to attack Ms Mamalai whilst she shouted for help.

She continued: “I fell down on the floor, as I was down on the floor I did see blood spreading everywhere.”

The defendant is also charged with assaulting two other neighbours, after they heard the commotion and intervened to stop the attack.

He was arrested by the police following the incident and has been remanded in custody.

The trial continues.

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