Man Convicted of Wimbledon YMCA Hostel Murder

Mongo Bolili stabbed Paul Dalton to death after an argument

Mongo Bolili (left) and his victim Paul Dalton (right)

A 34-year-old man has been convicted of murder after he stabbed Paul Dalton to death after they had had an argument.

Mongo Bolili, was residing at the YMCA Hostel in Wimbledon, along with 41-year-old Mr Dalton, when he fatally stabbed him shortly after midnight on 13 January 2021.

CCTV captured Mr Dalton slamming a communal door, adjacent to Bolili’s room. Bolili then searched the building, before finding him in another resident’s room at the venue which caters for people recovering from addiction or with mental health issues. Mr Dalton’s friend witnessed the attack and gave crucial evidence at trial.

Mr Dalton was found by the emergency services in a pool of blood. Despite extensive efforts to save him he was pronounced dead at the scene. A post mortem later discovered that a single stab would to the back of his left thigh had punctured his femoral vein and artery causing him to bleed to death.

Bolili, who was also known as Ed, launched the brief but fatal attack a short time after the row and then walked away from the room.

Bolili captured on CCTV returning to his room after the murder
Bolili captured on CCTV returning to his room after the murder

Forensic examination found Paul's blood on the blade and Bolili's DNA on the handle.

He was found guilty at the Old Bailey on Friday 1 July.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Shirley, who led the investigation, said, “Paul was unarmed and, despite a verbal row, did not pose any physical harm to Bolili. The attack on him was utterly unnecessary.”

“Bolili claimed Paul’s friend had stabbed him, but there was no evidence at all to support this, My team of officers worked fast and incredibly hard for Paul and I thank them for their diligence and dedication. I hope Paul’s family can derive some comfort that we have done everything we possibly could to bring them justice.”

Ian Matu and Danny Webster were found not guilty of perverting the course of justice.

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July 5, 2022