Three Jailed For Killing Uber Eats Delivery Driver in Battersea

Gang launched 'horrific and unwarranted attack' in broad daylight

Iderval da Silva
Iderval da Silva

February 11, 2020

The three males convicted of stabbing an Uber Eats delivery driver to death have been jailed after a trial at the Old Bailey.

20-year-old Jaden Richards of Strasburg Road, SW11, and 16-year-old Tay Clovey, of Battersea were sentenced to life imprisonment at the Old Bailey this Wednesday ( 5 February); Richards will serve a minimum of 13 years and Clovey will serve a minimum of 11 and a half years.

A 17-year-old male who was found guilty of manslaughter at the same trial was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment.

The court had heard how 46-year-old Iderval da Silva was attacked by a gang in Charlotte Despard Avenue last 25 May shortly before 4.32pm.

Mr da Silva, who was from Brazil but had been living in London at the time, was enjoying food with his friends before going to work as a delivery driver for Uber Eats. He then saw Clovey trying to steal his moped while it was parked outside.

He immediately confronted the 16-year-old who was sat on the bike trying to start it. Some of the boy’s friends then approached and brutally attacked him in broad daylight.

The group of six then fled the scene and left Mr da Silva lying on the street unconscious with a serious head injury. He was taken to hospital where he died four days later.

Members of the public, including Mr da Silva’s friends, witnessed the assault on him.

Jaden Richards
Jaden Richards

The incident was partially captured on CCTV which formed a large part of the investigation. A mobile phone was also left behind by one of the teenagers which led detectives to identify him and his associates.

Police made a series of arrests over the days and weeks that followed and six people were charged with murder.

A 17-year-old boy was also charged but part-way through the trial the judge deemed he had no case to answer.

Detective Inspector Tariq Farooqi led the investigation. He said: “Our thoughts today remain with Iderval’s son, friends and family who will have to live the rest of their lives without him.

“This was a truly horrific and unwarranted attack in broad daylight. The group were ferocious and heartless in the way they attacked him.

“Iderval’s family have described him as a person who was always there for people, never thinking of himself. He taught Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art, and he ultimately wanted to teach this to help get young people off the streets and give them something to focus on. His murder has denied him that opportunity.

“I only hope that the findings of guilt and the sentences today give the family and the community some solace.”