Teenager, 17, accused of stabbing Elianne Andam, 15, to death 'refused to hand ... trends now
A teenage boy accused of murdering 15-year-old Elianne Andam refused to hand over his ex-girlfriend's possessions after she returned his, a court heard today.
The schoolgirl was stabbed to death after snatching her friend's bag from the 17-year-old in Croydon, south London, the Old Bailey heard.
Elianne had met up with two female friends last Wednesday morning before she was fatally attacked.
It is claimed her attacker wearing a mask and gloves had removed a large knife from his waistband and stabbed Elianne repeatedly.
As he fled the scene, others attempted to administer first aid but Elianne could not be saved.
Elianne Andam was stabbed to death after snatching her friend's bag as the 17-year-old boy walked away with it in Croydon, south London , the Old Bailey heard
Multiple stab wounds were identified in a post-mortem examination.
The defendant was arrested in New Addington at 9.45am the same day.
Today he appeared in the dock at the Central Criminal Court wearing a black sweatshirt, grey joggers and a pair of glasses and spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.
As prosecutor Alison Morgan KC read a brief summary of the case to the court, Elianne's aunt, Marian, was forced to leave the court after growing too upset at the description of her niece's stabbing.
Ms Morgan told the court: 'The defendant is charged with the murder of Elianne Andam and also possession of a bladed article.
'The facts relating to those alleged offences are that on September 27, in the morning, Elianne and two of her friends had arranged to meet before going to school.
'They would go on to meet with the defendant – a former boyfriend of one of the girls.
'The purpose was to facilitate the exchange of possession between the defendant and [his ex-girlfriend].
'The girls went to the Whitgift Centre car park. [The ex-girlfriend] brought a carrier bag containing [the defendant's] possessions.
'The defendant arrived with a friend, wearing black gloves and a face mask