David Gomoh was stabbed to death on a city street (Image: ESSEX LIVE)
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An NHS worker was knifed to death in a frenzied attack by young men looking for targets in a rival gang in a "petty but fatal game of one-upmanship", a court heard.
David Gomoh, 24, had nothing to do with gang violence, but was chosen almost at random by members of the Northside Newham Gang to send a message to the Custom House and Beckton gangs in east London.
And a court heard he was stabbed by members of the Northside Newham Gang following a struggle on the street.
The marketing graduate managed to get to his feet and stumble the short distance home in Newham, east London, but he bled to death in front of his horrified family on April 26, 2020.
David Ture, 19, Vagnei Colubali, 22, Muhammad Jalloh, 19, and a 17 year-old boy, who are on trial for his murder, had allegedly targeted another male in the same area but that man – who has never been identified – managed to escape.
The gang left the scene in a stolen silver Dodge Caliber, the court heard
In the seconds before the attack, Mr Gomoh had been on the phone to his girlfriend and the court was told she heard someone demand "Where are you from?", followed by the sounds of a struggle.
Oliver Glasgow QC, prosecuting at the Old Bailey, said: "What had David Gomoh done to deserve such a fate? He had the misfortune to live in an area of London that is frequented by rival gangs.
"Rival gangs who are involved in a violent feud with each other, rival gangs who like to attack each other, and rival gangs who like to brag about the devastation they have wrought upon each other."
Mr Gomah, who worked in supply and procurement for the NHS, suffered catastrophic injuries, including severed carotid and brachial arteries and his liver had been cut through. Some of the wounds were as deep as 12.5cm and sliced into the bone.
So Mr Glasgow said the violent murder was not a case of mistaken identity as the attackers did not care whom the killed, only where they came from.
The prosecutor said that as well as giving chase to the first man, who managed to escape, the four defendants – travelling in a stolen Dodge Calibre – had pulled up to another man but decided to leave him alone.
The case was heard at the Old Bailey in London
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He added: "The first target who managed to escape may not realise how lucky he was but there can be no doubt that he would not have avoided serious injury – or worse – if he had not been so light on his feet.
"The consequences of having a number of gangs who operate in a relatively confined area are not difficult to divine – rivalry, hatred, violence and death have all played their part in the ongoing dispute between these groups.
"And it was this ongoing feud that ultimately led to the brutal murder of David Gomoh, a young man who had nothing to do with this petty but fatal game of one-upmanship that is played out so often on the streets of London."
The four defendants face a further charge of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm with intent for the failed attack against the unknown man.
But Ture, of no fixed address, Colubali, from Chesterton, Cambridge, Jalloh, of no fixed address and the 17 year-old boy, from Telford, Shropshire, deny all the charges.
The trial, which is expected to last five weeks, continues.