Thug stabbed dad to death from behind after he stepped in to protect son, 15, following bus attack

A thug who stabbed a dad to death from behind after he stepped in to protect his 15-year-old son from attack has been found guilty of murder.

Marcus Griffiths, 42, of Hoveden Road, Willesden, was convicted of the murder of Michael Fadayomi, 40, after a trial lasting two weeks at Harrow Crown Court.

Griffiths was also convicted of attempting to murder Michael’s son, 15, and for possession of a knife in a public place.

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The court heard how an investigation by homicide detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s Specialist Crime unit found that Mr Fadayomi’s son, and his friend, boarded a bus shortly after 5pm on April 29 this year, and sat near Griffiths.

CCTV footage and witness statements taken by police revealed that, within moments, Griffiths became aggressive towards the pair without any reason.

At the next stop, Willesden Bus Garage, all three got off the bus.

The two boys stood by the bus stop and Griffiths approached them, took out his knife and immediately proceeded to attack Mr Fadayomi’s son with it.

The boy managed to avoid two blows directed towards his head, and managed to run away, before calling his father, who lived nearby.

Mr Fadayomi, who was a popular football coach, came to the scene a short time later and got onto the bus, going up to the top deck where Griffiths had sat back down.

The two men proceeded to have a verbal altercation, before Mr Fadayomi turned and walked off the bus and down the road.

Griffiths followed him off the bus and attacked him from behind, repeatedly stabbing him.

Michael Olatunde Fadayomi, 40, known as Tunde, was stabbed to death on April 29

One of the blows hit Mr Fadayomi in the neck, severing an artery and causing fatal blood loss to him.

Mr Fadayomi’s teenage son reportedly tried to intervene as his father was stabbed.

Police and emergency services were called to the scene at approximately 5:11 pm, and despite their best efforts, Mr Fadayomi was pronounced dead at the scene shortly afterwards.

Griffiths was arrested later the same day at his home address and denied any knowledge of the incident, going on to provide a ‘no comment’ interview.

During the murder trial, Griffiths provided the defence that he was acting in self-defence when he killed Mr Fadayomi.

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According to a witness who sat close to him on the bus, Griffiths was overhead to say “I’m going to kill someone today”.

Following his murder, tributes poured in for Mr Fadayomi, described by people who knew him as a “pillar of the community”.

Speaking to MyLondon at the time, Vanessa, a neighbour, said: “He was the most humble guy I have ever known.

“He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

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Flowers left outside Grill King on Willesden High Road in memory of Michael Olatunde Fadayomi

Griffiths will be sentenced at a later date.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Rebecca Corser said: “This is a tragic case in which a man has lost his life for absolutely no reason at all.

“For a reason known only to himself, Marcus Griffiths was intent on causing serious harm to someone that day.

“Michael Fadayomi’s son and his friend had the misfortune to sit near him on the bus and he then turned his aggression towards them.

“After his son narrowly avoided being killed himself, Michael came to the scene and confronted Griffiths about his behaviour.

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“Michael was not armed himself and did not show any physical aggression towards Griffiths.

“In a cowardly attack, Griffiths stabbed him from behind as he was walking away from the bus.

“I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the Fadayomi family. Nothing can be done to bring back a much-loved father, however I am glad the jury has seen through Griffiths’s lies and he will now spend a long time in jail.”

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