Boy, 15, charged over murder of cab driver stabbed to death ‘by own passenger’ outside north London school

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A BOY of 15 has been charged over the murder of a cabbie reportedly stabbed to death by his passenger.

The lad is accused of killing Gabriel Bringye, 37, who was found dead inside in his car outside a school.

Gabriel Bringye, 37, was stabbed to death in Tottenham, north London on Wednesday night

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Gabriel Bringye, 37, was stabbed to death in Tottenham, north London on Wednesday night

Officers at the scene following the fatal stabbing

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Officers at the scene following the fatal stabbingCredit: London News Pictures

He has been charged with murder in connection with the Wednesday evening's killing in Tottenham, North London.

He was also charged with handling stolen property in a separate offence and was held in custody.

He appeared at Highbury Magistrates Court today and will stand at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.

It was originally feared Gabriel, originally from Romania, was murdered by a customer who booked the cab using the Bolt app.

Heartbroken friends say nothing was stolen and they believe he was either the victim of a targeted attack or rowed with the punter, Mail Online reported.

'AWFUL TRAGEDY'

Gabriel had been in the UK for 13 years and had worked as a minicab driver in London since 2015. 

He was planning to get married to fiancee Mara later this year, a pal said.

They added: "The wedding plans had been put on hold due to Covid but Gabriel was hopeful him and Mara could marry this year.

"It's an awful tragedy. He was the nicest, most gentle human being you could meet. He wouldn't harm a fly. We are all in shock. 

"We don't know if he perhaps got into an argument with a passenger and was stabbed because of that. I can't believe why anyone would want to hurt him."

MURDER CAPITAL

Gabriel is the 12th person to be stabbed to death in London this year, the third in a week and the fifth in just 12 days.

The number of murders has been increasing year on year, with a huge spike in the amount of people that are being stabbed to death. 

On the same date this time last year, there had been 15 murders in London, with seven of them being stabbed - almost doubling for this year.

It comes after 22-year-old Sven Badzak was stabbed to death in Kilburn, north west London, on February 6 and Hani Solomon, 19, was killed outside Parsons Green tube station in West London last week.

It is feared Gabriel, originally from Romania, was killed by a customer who booked the cab using the Bolt app.

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It is feared Gabriel, originally from Romania, was killed by a customer who booked the cab using the Bolt app.Credit: SWNS:South West News Service

Sven Badzak, 22, was stabbed to death in Kilburn earlier this month

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Sven Badzak, 22, was stabbed to death in Kilburn earlier this month

Hani Solomon, 18 was attacked and killed near Parsons Green underground station last week

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Hani Solomon, 18 was attacked and killed near Parsons Green underground station last week

Police are appealing for information about the latest murder.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "The 15-year-old boy [A] was arrested on the afternoon of Friday, 19 February on suspicion of murder. He was further arrested on suspicion of robbery in relation to a separate offence.

"He has been taken to a north London police station where he remains in custody.

"Police were called to Jarrow Road, Tottenham, at 7.21pm on Wednesday after concerns were raised about an injured man who was unresponsive inside a vehicle at the location.

Police officers at the murder scene in Tottenham, North London

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Police officers at the murder scene in Tottenham, North LondonCredit: London News Pictures

Police were called to Jarrow Road, Tottenham

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Police were called to Jarrow Road, TottenhamCredit: London News Pictures

"Officers attended with paramedics from the London Ambulance Service and the London Air Ambulance.

"Gabriel Bringye, who was 37 years old and from the local area, was found with an injury consistent with having been stabbed.

"Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, he was pronounced dead at the scene at 8pm. His next of kin has been informed."

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Homicide detectives from the Met's Specialist Crime Command are leading the investigation. "

A post-mortem was due to be carried today.

Officers are appealing for information from anyone that that might have seen anything unusual in the area.

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