Croydon man who had knife ‘for protection’ and used it to kill teen avoids jail – My London



A Croydon man who armed himself with a large knife “for his own protection”, after receiving numerous threats, and used it to fatally stab a teenager has avoided jail.

Cengiz Dalgic knifed Kye Manning, 19, in self defence after the teenager and two friends attacked Dalgic in Brighton Road, Purley on July 11, 2019.

Mason Bird, Lewis West and Mr Manning, who were all armed with knives and had their faces covered, launched the “premeditated” attack on Dalgic, stabbing him four times.

Dalgic, 19, of Croydon, produced his own knife at some point during the attack and used it to fatally stab Mr Manning in the chest. Manning was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Dalgic was charged with having an article with a blade or point in a public place but was acquitted on Wednesday (November 18) following a trial at Croydon Crown Court which lasted two days.

Bird and West were jailed for a total of more than 16 years in February for their involvement in the attack.

The court heard Dalgic was not charged in relation to Mr Manning’s death because he acted in self defence.

Alexander Onakomeme Agbamu, prosecuting, told the court in his opening statement: “The defendant [Dalgic] was on Brighton Road in Purley with a knife.

“We know that because he used it to stab someone. He stabbed a person called Kye Manning.

“This trial is concerned with the defendant’s possession of that knife.”

Kye Manning was stabbed to death on Brighton Road, Purley (Image: Met Police)

The court heard Dalgic was seen on Brighton Road with a “long pointed object”, said to be the knife which killed Mr Manning.

It was said the teenager “went around with a knife for his own protection” after receiving a number of threats from Bird, West and Mr Manning in the days prior to the attack.

Snapchat videos played in court showed them making threats of violence towards Dalgic, saying they would ‘come to his area to stab him’.

CCTV footage from the day of the stabbing played to the jury showed Mr Manning, Bird and West running towards Dalgic, and his friends while brandishing knives. The two groups traded blows before Bird and West fled the scene, leaving Mr Manning to die.

Dalgic managed to flee to a nearby address on Russel Hill Place, just yards from where he was attacked.

Brighton Road was cordoned off for several hours following the attack

Mr Agbamu said: “The incident involved the defendant coming under attack from three people. Mr Manning was one of those three people.

“The footage also shows the defendant possessing a knife and using it to defend himself. That is a fact which is agreed between the prosecution and the defence.

“That explains why the defendant faces no further charge.”

It was argued that Dalgic, who had smoked cannabis and drank whisky on the night of the incident, could have gone about protecting himself in a different manner.

Purley was on ‘lockdown’ following the attack

“He had ample opportunity to take alternative action besides that we know which happened,” Mr Agbamu said.

“He could have reported the matter to police. He could have sought their advice.

“He could have laid low. He could have travelled out of the area. There were lots of things he could have done besides arming himself with a knife and using it.”

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The court heard Dalgic stumbled to a nearby address after being stabbed and “became light-headed” and “began vomiting” while being given first aid, according to one police officer who gave evidence during the trial.

The teenager was taken to hospital, where he was treated for his injuries. He wasn’t interviewed until three days after the attack.

It was heard in court that Dalgic refused to assist the police in providing a statement.

Mason Bird (left) and Lewis West were jailed in February (Image: Metropolitan Police)

In February, Bird, 19, of Old Lodge Lane, Purley was jailed for a total of nine years and six months, with an additional two years extended licence, after previously admitting section 18 wounding.

At the same hearing, West, 18, of Waverley Gardens, Wembley was jailed for a total of six years and nine months after pleading guilty to the same offence.

Both also received sentences of three years for violent disorder, and 14 months for possession of an offensive weapon. These sentences will run concurrently.

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