Three men have been convicted of setting a car alight that was used in the murder of 21-year-old Malachi Brooks.

At a hearing at the Old Bailey yesterday, the court heard that police were called just after 1am on March 28, 2017, to reports of a man stabbed in Surrey Lane, Battersea.

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and found the Battersea man suffering from stab injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 1.55am.

A post mortem took place that same day and gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the heart.

CCTV footage obtained by detectives showed that the car used in the attack, a Nissan Micra, was abandoned on Weir Road industrial estate at 1.20am on March 28.

The car was then set alight the following day.

The burning of this car destroyed any possible evidential fingerprint and DNA connection being established between the vehicle and the murderers.

Police found that the Micra had been stolen from an home in Mitcham during the evening of March 23. CCTV showed that in the days leading up to the murder, a man was using the car over several days.

That man was Joel Preddie, 20 of Chantry Way in Mitcham who yesterday was found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

Between 2.43am and 3.25am on March 29, another man made a series of calls to the mobile phone of a cab driver.

The cab driver informed officers that he then picked up two men who came out of Keppel Court.

He said the men got into his car and asked to be taken to a petrol station on Balham High Road. One of the men filled a petrol container with petrol.

Those men were Abdul Popatpotra, 27, of Totterdown Street, Battersea and Ashrafur Rahman, 23, of no fixed address.

At yesterday's hearing Popatpotra was found guilty of arson and not guilty of perverting the course of justice while Rahman pleaded guilty to arson along with perverting the course of justice at the first day of the trial.

Police are continuing to seek those responsible for Malachi's murder anyone with any information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8721 4868 or contact police on 101. To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit