|Man ‘murdered for asking about crying child’|
|Saturday, 12 May 2012 00:00|
Quesada responded “What’s it to you? What’s it got to f****** do with you?” before storming out of the cafe.
“Humiliated and angered” by what happened and “bent on exacting revenge” Quesada, then aged (25) ran to his girlfriend’s home to drop off the girl and grab a weapon.
With a knife concealed up his sleeve, he then raced after the family as they entered a second diner — the Roma cafe — where they had gone to eat to avoid any further trouble.
It was there that Quesada allegedly launched a “frenzied and wordless” attack, stabbing Mr Smith in the head and body.
As Estelle Jenkins tried to get between her father and his attacker, Mr Smith struggled up from the bolted down table before falling to the floor where he kicked out in a vain attempt to stop the onslaught, the court heard.
Quesada only fled when the victim”s son-in law Mark Jenkins threw a chair at him, halting the attack, as Mr Smith”s horrified partner Denise Facey looked on, the court was told.
As Mr Smith”s life ebbed away an air ambulance doctor had to perform emergency heart surgery on a cafe table that formed a “make-shift operating table.”
He was flown to hospital where he died from his wounds, three of which were fatal. Quesada, now 26, denies murdering Mr Smith on March 26 last year. Roger Smart, prosecuting, told the Old Bailey jury Quesada accepts he stabbed Mr Smith and the issue will be his state of mind at the time.
The court heard in the lead up to the alleged murder, Mr Smith was waiting for his family to arrive at the BB Cafe in London’s Leyton when Quesada entered with his crying daughter.
After a few minutes when the crying did not subside and while Quesada washed his daughter’s hands in the sink, Mr Smith approached to ask if everything was alright with the little girl, it was claimed.
However, the father-of-two reacted angrily and tried to push past a waiter to get into the kitchen but was blocked,
He then tried to use the cafe’s phone, but stormed off with his daughter after he wasn’t allowed.
The Old Bailey heard that as Quesada went next door to borrow a phone Mr Smith’s family arrived.
As Mr Smith told them they would eat elsewhere, Quesada was overheard saying “I need the piece” over the phone as he stood glaring as Mr Smith and his family left the cafe.
As they walked off Quesada shouted out: “You see. You? I”ll see you.”
The time between the call and the murder was just four minutes, it was said. Minutes later he was seen running after Mr Smith and his family as they entered the Roma Cafe on the Lea Bridge Road where they had gone to eat instead.
Mr Smart said: “He entered only a minute or so after the deceased and his family had sat down in the cafe and approached the table at which they were all sitting. Mark Jenkins was facing the door to the cafe and noticed Quesada when he approached their table. Mr Jenkins saw that the defendant had hidden a knife inside the cuff of his sleeve.
“As he got to their table, the defendant leaned across and without uttering a word, lunged at Mr Smith.
“The defendant attacked Mr Smith in a frenzied knife attack, making a plunging motion and hitting the deceased’s head and body.” — Daily Mail.