Boy, 16, charged with gun murder

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A teenager has been charged with murder after a promising athlete was gunned down in the stairwell of a housing estate.

The 16-year-old boy is the fourth suspect to be accused of killing Sylvester Akapalara, 17, last December.

Sylvester, a member of the Herne Hill Harriers athletics club, was shot in the head and chest on the fourth floor of Heron House on the Pelican Estate in Peckham, south London.

The 16-year-old, of no fixed address, also faces two counts of attempted murder and wounding with intent on two other victims when he appears at Camberwell Green Youth Court tomorrow.

He was charged with possession of a firearm and possession of an offensive weapon.

Sylvester was pronounced dead at the scene after the gun attack.

David Nyamupfukudza, 18, of New Cross, Sodiq Adeojo, 18, of Shurland Gardens, Peckham, and a 17-year-old who cannot be named appeared at the same court in January over the murder.