As knife crime reaches record highs in the UK after falling for several years. There were 43,416 knife crime offences recorded in the 12 months ending March 2019. One of the victims of these knife crimes was Jaden Moodie.
Jaden Moodie moved from Nottingham to London with his mother looking for a ‘new start’. Tragically, Jaden was only 14 years old when he was knocked off of his moped and butchered to death in a violent knife attack in east London in January 2019. Ayoud Majdouline, a rival gang member, was found guilty of Jaden’s murder by a majority jury of 11 to one.
Savage Knife Attack and Gang Violence
Ayoud Majdouline, a 19-year-old drug dealer, left his DNA on the murder weapon and was found guilty on the murder on 11 December 2019 and sentenced to life with a minimum term of 21 years. Jaden Moodie was only a child who had been groomed by drug dealers and arrested in a crack den months prior to his murder. Sadly, his life was taken when his killers chose to murder him in a savage and frenzied knife crime while trolling for rival gang members.
Failure of the Police
Police chose not to contact child exploitation staff after Jaden was arrested months earlier. He was failed by the system that exists to ‘protect’. There were many chances for the police and other authorities to get involved and prevent this child from being roped into a world of drugs and violence. Jaden was both homeless and out of school at the time of his murder – both of these circumstances could have and should have been prevented. Unfortunately, the system fails to help children at risk who are groomed and coerced into gang violence. Jaden’s school was not informed of his arrest and child exploitation workers were never contacted by the police. There were multiple points at which this knife crime could have been prevented, but Jaden was not protected by any of the authorities and agencies that were set up to protect him and others like him.