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Man jailed for ‘cowardly attack’ on father killed while defending his son on London bus after murderer heard saying ‘I’m going to kill someone today’

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A man has been dealt a life sentence for the murder of a father who was killed defending his son, after witnesses overheard him on a bus saying “I’m going to kill someone today”. Marcus Griffiths, from Brent, was sentenced at Harrow Crown Court today (April 28) for the murder of Michael Fadayomi, and the attempted murder of his son Michael on April 29, 2021.

The 43-year-old, of Hoveden Road (NW2) had denied the offences, but was found guilty after a two-week trial. The court heard how police were called to High Road, NW10, to a report of a man suffering from stab wounds. Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, the victim, Mr Fadayomi, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly afterwards.

An investigation revealed that Michael and his friend had boarded a bus shortly after 5pm and sat near the killer. CCTV footage and witness statements revealed that, within moments, and for no reason at all, Griffiths became aggressive towards them. At the next stop, which was Willesden Bus Garage, they all got off the bus.

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Michael Fadayomi was pronounced dead at the scene after he was stabbed to death in Brent

The two teenagers stood by the bus stop and Griffiths then approached them, took out his knife, and he then immediately attacked the Michael with it. He managed to avoid two blows, swung towards his head, and managed to run away.

The boy then rung his dad Michael – the eventual victim – who lived nearby, and he came to the scene a short while later. Mr Fadayomi got on the bus and went up to the top deck where Griffiths was sitting. The two men then had a verbal altercation, before Mr Fadayomi turned and walked off the bus and down the road.

Griffiths then attacked him from behind and repeatedly stabbed him. One of the blows hit Mr Fadayomi in the neck, cutting an artery and causing a fatal blood loss. He was arrested later the same day at his home address and denied knowledge of the incident and then provided a ‘no comment’ interview. During the trial, he claimed he was acting in self-defence.

Griffifths, who has already spent 362 days in cusotdy, was found guilty of murder, attempted murder, and possessive of an offensive weapon, and was sentenced for life. He will be required to serve a minimum of 32 years in jail.

Griffiths was found guilty following a two-week jury trial at Harrow Crown Court

Griffiths was found guilty following a two-week jury trial at Harrow Crown Court

Detective Constable Rebecca Corser, the investigating officer in the case, 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.

“Indeed, a witness who sat near him on the bus heard him say ‘I’m going to kill someone today’. Michael Fadayomi’s son and his friend had the misfortune to sit near him on the bus and he turned his aggression towards them.

“After his son narrowly avoided being killed himself, Michael came to the scene and confronted Griffiths about his behaviour. Michael was not armed 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’ lies and he will now spend many years in jail.”

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