Sidique Kamara, known as drill rapper Incognito, may have been trying to rob his alleged killer when he was stabbed to death, a court has heard
A drill rapper was stabbed to death after being chased by a man he may have been trying to rob, a court has heard.
Sidique Kamara, 23, known as Incognito and said to be a member of the group Moscow17, ran for his life through the streets of Camberwell, south London before knifed twice in August last year.
Kenneth Umezie, 32, is now on trial for murder at the Old Bailey.
A jury heard trouble flared after Umezie ran into Kamara, and a youth who cannot be identified, on a housing estate.
Prosecutors said Kamara and the youth ‘were out together selling drugs’ and regarded that part of the estate ‘as their particular turf’.
CCTV appears to show Kamara and the juvenile trying to rob Umezie of his watch, prompting him to pull out a lock-knife and go on the attack.
Prosecutor Timothy Cray said Kamara ran off, ‘running for his life’, across a nearby park and into a neighbouring road where he was chased down.
The pair briefly faced off before the powerfully-built knifeman ‘lunged towards Kamara’ and stabbed him twice as he lay curled up on the ground, the jury were told.
Police at the scene of the stabbing in Camberwell, south London last August
Kamara was able to get up and stagger a short distance along the street but soon collapsed as a result of the two major wounds – one of which pierced his heart.
Despite the arrival of emergency services who treated him at the scene, Kamara died from blood loss and shock less than an hour after being knifed.
Jurors heard he also sustained injuries to his hands typical of having put up a ‘last ditch defence’ to the onslaught.
The prosecutor said of Kamara: ‘All of the evidence points to the fact that he was high up in a local gang which goes by the name of Moscow17d.’
Of defendent Umezie Mr Cray said: ‘It may be ultimately that he is one of those individuals who do not want to back down; he was someone who viewed the offence he had been given by the others as reason enough to kill, because he saw himself as a man not to be crossed.’
Relatives of the victim tie flowers to a lamp post near to the where the rapper was killed
The prosecutor said: ‘Whether this was a drug deal that turned into a robbery or whether, just by chance, the defendant ran into two drug dealers who thought they could rob him, we’ll probably never know.
‘Well, the other two may have started it, but this defendant most definitely finished it because it ends in the death after a chase of Kamara in a deliberate, we say, knifing.’
Umezie, of Camberwell, southeast London, denies murder. The trial continues.