After a 5 week trial at the Old Bailey, a Haringey man was found guilty today Wednesday 2 February, of the murder of 17 yr old Godwin Lawson, last year March in Amhurst Park, Stamford Hill.
20 yr old Moise Avorgah of St Anns Road N15, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 19 years in prison. He was also found guilty of two counts of GBH and sentenced to 12 years to run concurrently.
An aspiring footballer who moved from Enfield to Oxford to play for the Oxford United Academy, had travelled from Oxford to London to meet up with his two friends, one of whom he had known since primary school. Godwin was walking with them to one of their houses when they were attacked. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
His two friends he was with, two brothers aged 18 and 20 were seriously injured in the attack and were taken to The Royal London Hospital, where they were discharged a week later.
Detective Inspector Andy Manning, of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, who was leading the investigation, said: “I am pleased with today’s verdicts and pleased that Godwin’s family has got justice for him. “This conviction sends out a clear message – the Metropolitan Police Service and the local community will not tolerate such acts of violence and the use of knives on the streets of London.”
Godwin’s family has been left devastated by his murder. His mother Yvonne said: “We miss Godwin terribly, he was naturally sporty, a talented football and rugby player, and he worked hard academically. We moved out of north London about six years ago and Godwin went away to Oxford Football Club.
He was a very loyal boy, very loyal to his friends, so he kept going to London to see them. “Losing Godwin feels like we have lost our future hopes and dreams. We feel like we are embarking on a long painful journey that will never end. A branch of our family tree has been turned off and left a large wound, nothing can replace that.
There will never be subsequent children to continue his family tree. “Godwin was so well thought of by his peers, friends and family. He was involved with various youth organisations; especially H.Y.P.E – Haringey’s Young People Empowered. “Whilst I am very satisfied that someone has been brought to justice for Godwin’s senseless murder, I take no comfort from it. It will never bring him back to us. It will however stop him taking the life of someone else’s child.”
Three men, Koffi Osimeh 20, Daniel Riley 22, and Matthew Lanihun 21, were found not guilty of two attempted murders and there was a hung jury on murder and a hung jury on two counts of GBH.