A 16-YEAR-OLD has been charged with murder after a martial arts instructor was bashed to death as he tried to stop a moped gang steal his bike.
Brazilian national, Iderval da Silva, 46,died after being savagely beaten outside a restaurant in Battersea, South West London, in May.
Met Police said they had rushed to the scene to find him with a serious head injury on May 25 – but he tragically died in hospital a few days later.
A spokesperson said: “The teenager – who is from Wandsworth – was arrested in connection with the man’s death on Wednesday, 29 May and charged yesterday.”
He will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court today.
Yesterday, officers also arrested a 19-year-old male on suspicion of murder after he self-presented at a south west London police station.
A second 16-year-old boy who was arrested at the scene on suspicion of grievous bodily harm has been bailed.
A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.
The moped was not stolen and is being forensically examined by cops.
The attack happened in the same road where Ian Tomlin, 46, was battered to death by drug dealers in October last year.
The murder comes just one month after the Met announced a 52 per cent annual drop in scooter-enabled crime in the capital.
London saw 19,000 scooter attacks in 2017 – up from just 1,053 in 2014.
And in the same period last year there were 12,192 moped thefts across London compared to January 2018 to October 2018 when there were 8,261 offences – a reduction of 32 per cent.
But violent crime has continued to rise in the capital with 52 murders now taking place in London so far this year.
Three people have been stabbed to death in London since the start of May – including a 54-year-old man in Lewisham.
And 31 people have been stabbed to death in the capital since the start of 2019.
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Knife crime has also continued to spiral out of control in Britain with at least 100 people stabbed to death in the UK so far this year.
The chilling figures reveal there has been one fatal stabbing every 1.45 days so far this year in England and Wales.
And knife crime rose by an average of 45.7 per cent in 34 English and Welsh counties between 2010 and 2018.
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