A man who knifed a hero dad after he tried to defend his 15-year-old son from being attacked at a bus stop has been convicted of murder.
Football coach Michael Fadayomi, 40, described as a ‘pillar of the community’, was stabbed in the neck on April 29 trying to protect his son from Marcus Griffiths.
Griffiths, 42, followed the boy and a friend off a bus in Willesden, north west London, after they sat next to him and he suddenly turned aggressive for ‘no reason’.
Michael Olatunde Fadayomi (pictured) died trying to defend his 15-year-old son from being attacked at a bus stop
The teenager managed to avoid two blows aimed at his head and ran from the bus stop to call his father.
When ‘much-loved father’ Mr Fadayomi who lived nearby arrived just after 5pm he went to the stop deck of the bus.
But as Mr Fadayomi got off and started walking down the road, Griffiths chased after him and repeatedly stabbed him from behind.
One of the blows hit Mr Fadayomi in the neck, cutting an artery and causing a massive blood loss.
Marcus Griffiths, 42, has been convicted of murder. He chased after Mr Fadayomi and repeatedly stabbed him from behind
Police said the assault was carried out for ‘absolutely no reason at all’ and that Mr Fadayomi was unarmed and had not shown any aggression towards the attacker.
A witness who sat near Griffiths on the bus heard him say ‘I’m going to kill someone today’.
Griffiths was arrested later the same evening at his home not far away in Kilburn, north west London, and denied knowing anything about the killing.
During a police interview he told detectives ‘no comment’ to all their questions.
CCTV footage and witness statements revealed that within moments of boarding the bus, and without provocation, Griffiths became aggressive towards the two boys.
At the next stop – which was Willesden Bus Garage – they all got off the bus and the attack was unleashed.
During the trial, Griffiths claimed he was acting in self-defence when he knifed Mr Fadayomi to death.
Griffiths followed the boy and a friend off a bus in Willesden, north west London, after they sat next to him and he suddenly turned aggressive for ‘no reason’
At Harrow Crown Court, Griffiths was found guilty by a jury of murder after a two-week trial.
He was also convicted of the attempted murder of Mr Fadayomi’s 15-year-old son and possessing a knife in public.
Detective Constable Rebecca Corser, who was the investigating officer for the Met Police, said after the hearing: ‘This is a tragic case in which a man has lost his life for absolutely no reason at all.
CCTV footage and witness statements revealed that within moments of boarding the bus, and without provocation, Griffiths became aggressive towards the two boys
‘For a reason known only to himself, Marcus Griffiths was intent on causing serious harm to someone that day.
‘Indeed, a witness who sat near him on the bus heard him say ‘I’m going to kill someone today’.
‘Michael Fadayomi’s son and his friend had the misfortune to sit near him on the bus and he then turned his aggression towards them.’
DC Corser also described it as a ‘cowardly attack’ on a ‘much-loved father’.
She added: ‘After his son narrowly avoided being killed himself, Michael came to the scene and confronted Griffiths about his behaviour.
Mr Fadayomi, pictured, was described as a ‘pillar of the community’
‘Michael was not armed himself and did not show any physical aggression towards Griffiths. In a cowardly attack, Griffiths stabbed him from behind as he was walking away from the bus.
‘I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the Fadayomi family.
‘Nothing can be done to bring back a much-loved father, however I am glad the jury has seen through Griffiths’ lies and he will now spend a long time in jail.’
Griffiths will be sentenced at the same court at a later date to be set.