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Walthamstow teen’s killers found guilty of manslaughter

The pair killed Hussain while trying to rob him of a designer jacket they’d arranged to buy
By Victoria Munro

Hardworking law student Hussain Chaudhry (credit: Met)
Hardworking law student Hussain Chaudhry (credit: Met)

Two Ilford teenagers are guilty of manslaughter and robbery over the death of Walthamstow 18-year-old Hussain Chaudhry.

Marvin Ward, of Westwood Road, and Alexis Morris, of South Park Drive, both also 18, were found guilty today after a seven-week trial at Wood Green Crown Court.

The court heard Hussain was stabbed outside his own home in Lea Bridge Road on 17th March after arranging to sell his killers a designer jacket via social media.

Morris and Ward (credit: Met)

Describing Hussain as a hardworking law student who “kept himself out of trouble”, Detective Chief Inspector Mike Stubbins said his death could have happened to “anybody’s son”.

He added: “Hussain’s killing was a tragedy that shocked the community to its core. His life was tragically cut short due to the actions of two young men the same age as him.

“Ward and Morris went purposefully to Hussain’s family home to commit a robbery and steal the clothes. They had made clear arrangements to facilitate this by taking large machete style knives, fake money and stalling things to get into a booked taxi. 

“When things went wrong, they happily and willingly resorted to threats and using violence. A designer clothing sale should never have resulted in a life ending in such a brutal way.

“Hussain’s family, who tried to defend and protect him on the day, have not only been left with physical scars, but face the huge emotional and psychological burden of trying to come to terms with his death.

“I would like to pay tribute to the family and all the witnesses who have attended court to ensure that Hussain’s killers are brought to justice.”

Hussain died from a stab wound to the neck, despite the best efforts of paramedics and an off-duty doctor who intervened at the scene. 

His mother suffered a serious injury to her thumb, while one of his brothers received an injury to the hand.

Both killers fled the scene but were arrested within a week, with Morris having hidden himself in Luton with the help of 18-year-old Anthony Nguyen, now convicted of assisting an offender, 

All three will be sentenced on 4th February next year.