A man has been found guilty of murdering Abraham Kallon – the 24-year-old man who was discovered suffering from serious stab injuries in Denmark Hill.
Justice Beckford, 23, of Lambeth was convicted of murder and possession of a blade or sharply pointed article following a trial at the Old Bailey on Monday, November 13.
The Met Police said “extensive analysis of CCTV footage” and a house search had “proved vital” to the conviction.
Abraham Kallon had spent the night at a bar with a friend on Clapham High Street on Friday, December 9, 2022.
After leaving, the friends engaged in a conversation with a group of men and women.
The court heard that men in the group became hostile and one of them stabbed Abraham through an open car window.
Abraham and his friend drove to King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill, where he was discovered by officers at 4.55am on December 10, 2022.
They immediately administered first aid before arranging for Abraham to be treated by medics. Tragically, he died in hospital a short time later.
Police launched an investigation, trawling through CCTV footage from the roads around Clapham High Street.
They identified Justice Beckford and officers tracked him down to an address in Bexley where he was arrested a week after the murder.
Detectives searched a separate address linked to Beckford in Herne Hill where they found a black jacket that matched the one he’d been wearing on the night of the murder. It had traces of Abraham’s blood on it.
Detective Sergeant Jake Good from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said: “Our thoughts remain with Abraham’s family and friends who have had to sit through a trial and listen to details of the night he was killed.
“The thorough work carried out during this investigation proved vital to linking Beckford with the scene. It was the key CCTV footage and DNA analysis of blood found on the defendant’s clothes following the murder that led to the jury finding him guilty.
“Beckford now faces a lengthy prison sentence for his actions.”
The post-mortem examination gave the cause of Abraham’s death as stab injuries.
Beckford will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on Thursday, November 23.