Man ex­tra­dited from St Lu­cia and charged with mur­der

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Aman ac­cused of knif­ing a teenager to death in South Lon­don three years ago has been ex­tra­dited from Saint Lu­cia. De­vante Clif­ford, 20, was ar­rested af­ter land­ing at Gatwick Air­port and was charged with the mur­der of 17-year-old Cham­pion Ganda. Clif­ford is the third man to be charged with the killing - Amani Lynch and Marvin Si­mos, both 19, are due to stand trial for mur­der on Novem­ber 14 at the Old Bailey.

Ganda was pro­nounced dead at the scene in San­dring­ham Road, For­est Gate, East Lon­don on May 9 2013. A 16-year-old boy, who has not been named, also suf­fered stab wounds in the in­ci­dent.

Clif­ford is due to ap­pear at Thames Mag­is­trates’ Court to face charges of mur­der – and an al­ter­na­tive count of man­slaugh­ter. He is fur­ther charged with at­tempted mur­der, caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm with in­tent, wound­ing and as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm in re­la­tion to the sec­ond vic­tim.

Ganda and his sib­lings had moved to Haver­ing from in­ner east Lon­don in 2010. The el­dest of seven, Ganda was “like a dad in the house”, ac­cord­ing to his mother Peggy Kato. She has made calls since his death for more to be done in the bor­ough to pre­vent oth­ers suf­fer­ing the same fate.

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