Nii-Azu Kojo-Smith, 19, stabbed Liam Woodards in June 2012

Stabbing victim Liam Woodards.

Stabbing victim Liam Woodards.

First published in
Last updated
East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A teenager faces life in jail after being convicted of stabbing a rival to death in Stratford’s Westfield shopping centre just prior to the Olympics.

Nii-Azu Kojo-Smith, 19, of Castle Close in Hackney Wick was found guilty of the June 2012 murder today at the Old Bailey.

The jury was told that a fight broke out between two groups of youths after a yoghurt pot and a glass was thrown between them at around 4.20pm.

Liam Woodards, 24, who was out celebrating his birthday, was then stabbed in the chest and later pronounced dead at the scene.

Around 20 youths continued fighting, throwing metal chairs and producing knives.

Two others, Tony Caton, 22, of Paul Street in Stratford, and Anselm Legemah, 19, of Elkington Road in Plaistow, were also convicted of violent disorder for their roles in the melee.

Four others were cleared of the same charge.

The men will be sentenced on Monday.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree