Drill rapper, 20, ‘didn’t stand a chance’ in ‘savage’ stabbing caught on CCTV

A rapper was killed in a "savage and merciless attack" after filming a music video, a court has heard.

Crosslon Davis, 20, who made drill music under the name of Bis, was stabbed by a gang of four youths at least nine times in his head, back and chest.

CCTV caught Davis being outnumbered in a passageway in Deptford, south-east London, early on December 6 2019, the Old Bailey was told.

Prosecutor Brian O'Neill QC told jurors: "It was a savage and merciless attack.

"Crosslon Davis did not stand a chance. The forensic pathologist who carried out the post-mortem examination of his body concluded that he had bled to death as a result of multiple wounds."

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The main part of the beating was picked up by a security camera which showed two of the attackers had got out of a minicab before launching the bloody attack, he said.

They were also recorded on the minicab dashcam getting in the vehicle minutes earlier.

Mr O'Neill alleged the pair pictured were defendants Elijah Morgan, 20, and Jedaiah Param, 21, who are on trial each accused of murder and having a knife.

Jurors were told the other two males involved in the killing have not yet been "satisfactorily" identified.

Mr O'Neill said Mr Davis was a "highly regarded" drill artist who was a member of the Harlem Spartans, a well-known music collective primarily based in Kennington, south London.

On the day before he died, Mr Davis had arranged to film a music video for his latest drill track which he shot with pals in and around an estate in Kennington.

One of his friends was with him at the time of the stabbing at 3am the following day, the court heard.

Param, of Norwood, south London, and Morgan, of no fixed address, deny the charges against them.

Judge Angela Rafferty QC pointed out to the jury that only one of the defendants, Param, was in the dock.

She said Morgan is in prison and knew about the trial starting but "has chosen not to come".

The trial continues.

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