Man who pushed teen from balcony at Southwark party convicted
A scorned man who pushed a girl off a balcony after she rejected his advances has been found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
Yusef Ali, 19, pushed the 18-year-old victim off a fourth floor balcony inside a luxury Southwark apartment block on Long Lane on 4 August 2019.
Today (Tuesday, 4 February 2020) he was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, affray and possession of a bladed article following a trial at Croydon Crown Court.
Ali had been with a friend who had hired the flat out in Empire Square for the night. They had planned to have a party there and word of it spread. The victim arrived with friends and did not know Ali.
During the course of the party Ali made inappropriate advances towards the victim. He put his hand in the thigh rip of the victim’s jeans and aggressively placed his arm around her neck, saying ‘this is what I do in the bedroom’. He suggested this was just ‘banter’. He continued to behave disrespectfully towards the victim who became visibly agitated.
Shortly after, a group of boys arrived at the party and a scuffle ensued between them and Ali with the defendant receiving a cut to his lip and head. As the confrontation continued, partygoers fled from Ali when he ran out of the flat with a knife in his hand. At least two young men were stabbed in the melee.
As the victim frantically pressed on the button for the lift in order to get away, Ali rushed towards her and pushed her over the inside balcony. In the chaos that followed he left the building but was arrested outside by police.
The victim was left with a number of fractures to her neck and lower back. She initially spent several weeks in hospital and was wheelchair-bound.
Kathryn Iyer, from the CPS, said: “This was a senseless act of violence during a party that went badly wrong. Ali claimed he did not push the victim and did not see who did. But unlike every other person who walked down the steps, he did not stop to look at the victim in distress on the floor, rather he pulled his T-shirt up over his face and left the building just as police officers were walking in.
“The prosecution case included Snapchat videos taken at the time showing Ali’s disrespectful and aggressive behaviour during the party, CCTV evidence from the lobby of the building and jurors were also taken on a site visit so that they could visualise and consider the events that had taken place.
“The victim in this case was extremely lucky to have survived the fall. I hope she continues in her recovery and gains a sense of closure following this conviction.”
Ali will be sentenced at Croydon Crown Court on 5 March.
Notes to editors
- Kathryn Iyer is a Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS London South
- Yusef Ali (DOB: 27.03.2000) is from Brixton in the London borough of Lambeth.