Man pleads not guilty to murdering Jack Ampadu in Kentish Town
Dwayne Stewart-Akers has denied killing the 37-year-old
Thursday, 13th May 2021 — By Bronwen Weatherby
A MAN has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 37-year-old Jack Ampadu in Kentish Town.
Dwayne Stewart-Akers, also 37, of Highgate Road, appeared at Harrow Crown Court today (Tuesday) accused of stabbing Mr Ampadu to death earlier this year.
Mr Ampadu was found with multiple stab wounds on the third-floor landing of Denyer House just after 7.30pm on February 15.
Despite attempts by the London Ambulance Service (LAS) to save him, he died at the scene.
A murder investigation was launched by the Metropolitan Police and Mr Stewart-Akers was arrested on suspicion of murder and charged three days later.
Today (May 11) he appeared via videolink from Belmarsh Prison and spoke only to confirm his name and enter his plea.
Members of Mr Ampadu’s family, and the family of the defendant Mr Stewart-Akers, attended court and watched the proceedings from the public gallery.
A trial by jury is set to begin on September 27, 2021.
Her Honour Judge Dean apologised to the families that the trial could not be sooner, added: “I know it will be a difficult and painful experience for you all.”