A man accused of murdering a 14-year-old boy sold drugs for a London gang so he could “survive”, and would carry a knife for “safety”, a court has heard.
Jaden Moodie was knocked off a moped and stabbed to death in Leyton, north-east London, on 8 January.
Ayoub Majdouline, who is accused of being one of five men who carried out the attack, told the Old Bailey he had sold drugs since he was 16 years old.
The 19-year-old, from Wembley, denies murder and possession of a knife.
Jaden had been out drug dealing for the Beaumont gang when he was attacked by alleged members of rival drug gang the “Mali Boys”, the court heard.
The teen was hunted down and repeatedly stabbed to death in a 14 second attack.
The day before, Mr Majdouline was caught on CCTV at a Travelodge hotel in Walthamstow, with distinctive Nike Air Max trainers he was wearing during the knife attack on Jaden, jurors were told.
Majdouline was also wearing yellow rubber gloves, one of which was later found to have traces of the victim’s blood and the defendant’s DNA, it is claimed.
Jurors heard the defendant had a troubled upbringing in Leyton and his parents had split up when he was seven.
While living with his mother, he was abused by his stepfather so went to live with his aunt, the court was told.
However, that relationship broke down and he ended up in foster care. His father also died in 2015.
The court was told he had been identified as a victim of modern slavery by the National Crime Agency (NCA) over concerns he was being exploited by older youths.
Giving evidence, Mr Majdouline said he sold drugs “for and with” the Mali Boys gang, including as part of county lines dealing in Basingstoke, Ipswich and Andover.
He told jurors he was previously jailed for drug and knife offences but went straight back to dealing “to survive”
“At the time I did not feel like I was being supported by social services and I never lived by myself before,” he said.
He added that he got “confused” sorting out jobseekers’ allowance when he turned 18 and dealing had been “the only way I knew how to make money”.
Explaining why he carried a knife, Mr Majdouline said he had been “sliced” on one occasion in Basingstoke so carried a blade “for my own safety”.
The trial continues.
Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd has lost an appeal against his conviction for manslaughter.
Shepherd was jailed for six years after Charlotte Brown died when she was thrown from his boat when it capsized on the River Thames in 2015.
The 31-year-old, originally from Exeter, challenged his conviction for manslaughter by gross negligence at the Court of Appeal.
But the appeal was dismissed by Sir Brian Leveson on Thursday.
Shepherd’s lawyers had argued the conviction was unsafe, claiming some evidence at his trial came from an interview in which he was not cautioned or offered a solicitor.
Giving his decision, Sir Brian said: “When granting leave (to appeal), the single judge made the point that the appellant should not be over-optimistic as to the outcome.
“That warning was prescient. The appeal against conviction is dismissed.”
Shepherd went on the run ahead of his trial at the Old Bailey and was convicted in his absence in July 2018.
He was discovered to be in the Georgian capital Tbilisi and was extradited to the UK after handing himself in in January.
The trial last year was told that Shepherd and 24-year-old Ms Brown, from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, had been out drinking and went on a late-night boat trip on the Thames.
He handed the controls of his boat to Ms Brown moments before the vessel struck a submerged tree and overturned, jurors were told.
Shepherd was plucked from the Thames alive, but Ms Brown was found unconscious and unresponsive.
After his extradition, Shepherd was also sentenced to an additional six months in jail for breaching bail.
But the Court of Appeal quashed that conviction and sentence during the hearing earlier.
However, judges warned Shepherd he could face further proceedings in connection to his “egregious breach”.
Ms Brown’s twin sister said Shepherd caused her family further anguish and pain while he “lived a normal life” when he absconded to Georgia.
“Shepherd hasn’t once shown any remorse or respect to our family, or to the legal system, or to even Charlie,” Katie Brown said.
Shepherd was jailed for a further four years at Exeter Crown Court earlier this month after he admitted wounding with intent in relation to a drink-fuelled attack on a barman.
The court heard he struck former soldier David Beech with a vodka bottle on 16 March 2018 after being asked to leave The White Hart Hotel in Newton Abbot, Devon.