Bolt driver, 37, ‘stabbed to death on job by 5 teenage boys’ was ‘tragically unlucky’, court hears

A Bolt driver was stabbed to death by a group of teenage robbers in North London, a court heard.

Gabriel Bringye, 37, was “doing no more than earning a living, working as a private hire cab driver” when he went to pick up customers in Tottenham on February 17, Prosecutor Philip Evans QC told jurors.

When he arrived, a group of teenagers “intent on robbing him” stabbed him and Mr Bringye died of his injuries a few minutes later.

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The five defendants, aged between 16 and 18, are on trial at the Old Bailey over the killing.

Mr Evans told jurors that the case is related to a series of robberies in January and February of this year before Mr Bringye’s death.

He told jurors: “Gabriel Bringye was doing no more than earning a living, working as a private hire cab driver.

“He was working for the company Bolt which operates much like Uber.

“Mr Bringye received a notification of a booking and made his way to collect passengers from a pick-up point in the Tottenham area.

“When he arrived, he was met not by a fare but by this group of defendants who, instead of wanting a taxi, were in fact intent on robbing him of his car and other possessions.

“So intent were they on robbery, that Mr Bringye was stabbed and the injury that he received was so severe that he died of that injury minutes later at the scene where the robbery took place.”

The prosecutor claimed the killing was not “by chance” but a consequence of the group’s plan to rob a taxi driver.

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He added: “Mr Bingye was tragically unlucky that it was him who received the booking that day.

“The robbery on February 17 was the fatal culmination of a campaign of similar robberies, which had been ongoing around London over several weeks.”

Earlier on the same day of Mr Bringye’s death, the defendants allegedly stole a mobile phone in Hendon, which they then used to order a cab to return to Tottenham, and to book a journey with Mr Bringye.

David Adeyanju, 18, of Golders Green and four boys aged 16 and 17, have denied murder and manslaughter.

The Old Bailey trial is ongoing.

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