Disabled teenager, 17, was stabbed to death in machete attack after mother drove her son and gang of youths to scene, court hears
- Levi Ernest-Morrison killed on April 10 in Sydenham, in alleged machete attack
- Nicola Leighton, 36, allegedly drove her son, Tyreese Ulysses, 19, and three other youths to the scene of the killing
- Defendants appeared in court via video to confirm names and answer charges
- Nicola and the three youths deny murder and possession of an offensive weapon
- Tyreese Ulysses denied murder and admitted possession of offensive weapon
A disabled teenager was stabbed to death in an alleged pre-planned machete attack after a mother and son drove a gang of youths to the scene, a court has heard.
Nicola Leighton 36, her son Tyreese Ulysses, 19, together with three youths aged 14, 15, and 17, denied murdering 17-year-old Levi Ernest-Morrison on April 10 in Sydenham.
Leighton allegedly drove Ulysses and the three youths to the attack, where the four male defendants allegedly jumped out of the car and attacked Mr Ernest-Morrison.
Nicola Leighton 36, her son Tyreese Ulysses, 19, together with three youths aged 14, 15, and 17, denied murdering 17-year-old Levi Ernest-Morrison (pictured left, with his younger brother) on April 10 in Sydenham
The five defendants appeared at the Old Bailey via videolink from prison today, speaking only to confirm their identity and answer the charges.
Mr Ernest-Morrison’s grief-stricken mother previously told how her son was a ‘beautiful boy with a beautiful heart’ and how he had had dreams of starting a family in their native St Lucia.
The teenager had autism and nerve damage which gave him drop foot, meaning he needed to walk with a crutch.
Leighton, from Sydenham, and the three youths deny murder and possession of an offensive weapon.
The teenager (right) had autism and nerve damage which gave him drop foot, meaning he needed to walk with a crutch
Ulysses, of Catford, denied murder and admitted possession of offensive weapon.
They were remanded in custody ahead of their next hearing at the Old Bailey on 30 July.
The trial is set to begin on 4 October this year if Covid restrictions are lifted, or 12 September next year if restrictions remain in place.