man has been discovered responsible of the Halloween revenge killing of a former suspect in his brother’s unsolved homicide.
Stephen O’Rourke, 48, repeatedly stabbed Rocky Djelal close to a kids’s playground in Southwark Park in south-east London in broad daylight on October 31, 2018.
Prosecutor Allison Hunter QC mentioned it was a “chillingly, rigorously deliberate and thought-out savage assault” on the anniversary of his murdered brother Paddy O’Rourke’s funeral.
Afterwards, the defendant tried to cowl his tracks with the assistance of a 3rd brother, Jason O’Rourke, aka Biggie, who later killed himself, it was alleged.
The Previous Bailey heard the defendant blamed Mr Djelal for 21-year-old Paddy’s homicide in August 2000 .
The 38-year-old was amongst these arrested on the time however no-one was ever prosecuted over the killing and eighteen years later Stephen O’Rourke sought revenge.
He talked to his accomplice of the “puzzle falling into place” and being prepared for “Valhalla”, a reference to Nordic mythology and “the corridor of the slain”.
The couple rowed over it, with Stephen O’Rourke accused of “working round like Rambo desirous to kill everybody”, jurors heard.
On October 31, he armed himself with a knife from his “grisly” residence assortment and set off in the hunt for his prey disguised as a labourer in a hi-vis jacket.
He discovered Mr Djelal chatting and laughing on his telephone outdoors the kids’s play space and stabbed him thrice within the again.
The sufferer collapsed into the play space, screaming: “Assist me, assist me, he has acquired a knife” whereas Stephen O’Rourke walked away smiling.
As police arrived on the scene, Mr Djelal’s distraught father got here working over and shouted: “The place’s my boy?”
Later, Jason O’Rourke, from Lewisham, collected his brother’s bloodied garments and took them to be washed, the court docket heard.
The siblings had been arrested and Jason O’Rourke took his personal life whereas he was awaiting trial for helping an offender.
Stephen O’Rourke, of Southwark, declined to present proof and claimed he acted in self-defence. He was discovered responsible on the third day of jurors’ deliberations.
Choose Angela Rafferty QC adjourned sentencing to a date to be fastened.
Senior Crown Prosecutor Louise Attrill mentioned it had been “a premeditated, focused and brazen execution”.
She mentioned: “Stephen O’Rourke knew his sufferer properly. Their households had recognized one another all their lives. However O’Rourke believed that Mr Djelal was liable for his youthful brother’s homicide 18 years earlier than.
“That’s the reason, on the anniversary of his brother’s funeral, he took it upon himself to hold out what he believed was a revenge killing.
“In his personal phrases, he was able to kill and prepared for his personal Valhalla.”