A Nigerian has been jailed for life for killing a teenager outside a So Solid Crew show 14 years ago.Adebayo Ekun, 39, who was extradited from Nigeria in March, pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Court to the murder of Marcus Hall, 18, on 21 March 2001.
The victim was beaten and stabbed to death near Luton’s Atmosphere nightclub. Ekun had earlier pleaded not guilty to the offence.
He must serve a minimum term of nine years and 200 days.
After the sentencing, Mr Hall’s mother Icelyn Wilson said her son’s death “still hurts as if it had happened yesterday and I will never get over it”.
She addressed Ekun directly in her statement issued via Bedfordshire Police: “You did not just ruin one life, you left a ‘ripple effect’ which has impacted on everyone involved in my son Marcus’s life.”
‘Distinctive’ coat clue
Five men have already been imprisoned over the killing.
Seven men were convicted in 2002 and 2003 for their part in Mr Hall’s murder but two convictions were later quashed.
Following the sentencing, Bedfordshire Police revealed how Ekun had been traced because he had bought a “distinctive checked coat”.
He had been captured on CCTV in 2001 wearing the item and information led detectives to a designer clothes store in London where it was discovered the jacket was one of only nine sold in the UK.
Detectives raided his London home and found a flyer for the shop but he had fled the country.
He was eventually arrested in Nigeria in February as part of an operation involving the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Nigerian authorities.
Det Sgt Mark Devine said Ekun’s conviction highlights the fact that if you “commit, or are involved in, serious crime such as this, then there is literally no place to hide”.
“Despite the passing of 14 years, Bedfordshire Police has continued the hunt for the final outstanding offender to this vicious and brutal murder,” he said.
“This group thought they were above the law but violence is not acceptable and we hope this gives a strong message that we are committed to do all in our power to catch those responsible no matter how long it takes.”