Daily Express UK Posted Thurs., June 11, 2015
Flowers have been laid where Stefan Appleton was hacked to death with a machete. Stefan Appleton, 18, was attacked by a gang on mopeds in Islington, north London just after 6pm last night.
The machete attack, which left him with fatal injuries to his chest and back, took place as children played nearby in Nightingale Park. His attackers fled through a housing estate.
The teen tried to ride home on his bicycle but he collapsed in a pool of blood 45 metres away where neighbours rushed to help him before trauma doctors arrived.
A former pupil at nearby St Mary Magdalene Academy, he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at an east London hospital.
Stefan is the second teen to be murdered in the past three months in the wealthy north London area. Alan Cartwright, 15, was stabbed to death as he cycled through the area with friends in February.
A mother told how her six-year-old witnessed the horrific incident and said: “It was a sunny afternoon and there were children all out playing. Then this happened.
“My six-year-old was there and saw it, he was terrified. Everyone was terrified. These people just don’t care who they hurt.”
Sandra Phillips, 45, said she heard someone shouting for help and looked out of the window to see Stefan on the floor with his bike next to him. She said: “I was trying to put pressure on the wounds to stop the bleeding. He’d been stabbed at least three times, probably more.
“There was a lot of blood, it was pouring out of him. I put so much pressure on the wounds to stop the bleeding I thought I was doing it wrong. “I did everything the 999 controllers asked me to do. But there was so much blood and he was lying on the floor for what felt like ten or 15 minutes.
Another witness added: “There was more than one boy and they were riding on a moped flashing a weapon at him.”
Last night a group of about 50 youngsters gathered at the scene where they lay flowers and paid tribute to Stefan and said he was “quiet and polite”. They said he was killed “because he lived here” and they just “went after the first person they saw”.
Met Police detectives are appealing for witnesses to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.