A man who stabbed another man in the neck during a fight in broad daylight has been found guilty of manslaughter.
Mario Albino Te, 21 (11.11.95) of no fixed address, was today, Tuesday, 7 February 2017, convicted of the manslaughter of 20-year-old Bradley Dos Reis Pais Quaresma. He was cleared of murder.
Sentencing is due to take place this Friday, 10 February.
DCI Gary Holmes, the senior investigating officer from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “Bradley was a young man in the prime of his life who was tragically killed at the hands of Te.
“The jury found Te guilty of Bradley’s unlawful killing, and rejected the claim that he was acting in self defence and that Bradley was the aggressor.
“I would like to thank Bradley’s family for the bravery and courage they have shown since his death and throughout our investigation.”
Police were called at around 15:15hrs on 21 July 2016 to reports that a man had been stabbed in Stratford Park, West Ham Lane, E15.
Officers and London’s Air Ambulance attended. The victim – later identified as Bradley – was pronounced dead at the scene.
A post mortem examination held on 22 July at East Ham mortuary gave cause of death as stab injuries.
The court heard that a large group of males had gathered at the park, and a fight broke out as other members of the public out enjoying the sun looked on in horror.
Bradley was stabbed in the neck and chest during the altercation.
There were several witnesses to the events before and after the stabbing, and a man was seen running from the park onto Tennyson Road just after the incident.
Officers obtained CCTV footage covering the area and also recovered a large kitchen knife in nearby Whalebone Lane. It was analysed and found to have Bradley’s blood on it.
Officers quickly identified Te as a suspect. The court heard that Bradley – a Portuguese national who had lived in London as a student for two years – and Te were known to each other, and had been in contact in the days before the incident.
Te boarded a train to Paris from St Pancras station on the morning after the murder but officers, working in cooperation with the French authorities, had him detained in Paris and he was brought back to the UK.
Te, who was carrying cash and a bag containing clothing and ID, was arrested on suspicion of murder that afternoon.
He gave no comment during interviews and was charged on Sunday, 24 July 2016.