A man has been found guilty of murdering a former suspect in his brother’s murder.
Man found guilty of killing suspect in his brother’s murder: The revenge killing took place on 31st October 2018 in Southwark Park, south east London when jobless Stephen O’Rourke, 48, stabbed Rocky Djelal to death near a children’s play area. The attack, which took place on the anniversary of his brother Paddy O’Rourke’s funeral, was said by the prosecutor to be “chillingly, carefully planned and thought-out”
The trial at the Old Bailey heard that the defendant blamed Mr Djelal for his brothers death way back in August 2000. After the killing the defendant’s other brother, Jason O’Rourke, tried to help him cover his tracks. Jason later took his own life. Jurors were told during the trial that Mr Djelal was arrested originally on the suspicion of committing murder however no charges were ever made.
The court heard that 18 years later, on the 31st October, the defendant took a knife and went searching for Mr Djelal wearing a hi-vis jacket to disguise himself as a laborer. He found him at the park and, over the course of just a few seconds, stabbed him 3 times in the back. The victim tried to run but stumbled to the ground shouting “Help me, help me, he has got a knife.”
Later, Jason O’Rourke, from Lewisham, south-east London, collected the killer’s bloodied clothes and took them to be washed, the court heard. Both brothers were arrest, with Jason taking his own life while awaiting trial for assisting in the murder. Stephen refused to give evidence and denied all the charges against him, claiming he acted in self-defence. Jurors took 3 days to find him guilty and the sentencing date is yet to be fixed.
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