Sasha Johnson: Boy, 18, charged with conspiracy to murder after BLM activist shot in the head and left fighting for life
28th May 2021

AN 18-year-old boy has been charged with conspiracy to murder after a black equal rights activist was shot in the head at a party.

Sasha Johnson, 27, was left fighting for life after being shot at the bash in Peckham, South East London, on Sunday morning.

On Wednesday, five men aged 17 to 28 were being quizzed on suspicion of attempted murder.

Today, four of the men were released on bail until a date in late June.

The fifth, Cameron Deriggs, of Lewisham, south London was charged with conspiracy to murder.

He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Saturday, May 29, Metropolitan Police said.

Sasha, meanwhile, remains in a critical condition in hospital.

It comes after cops were scrambled to the shooting, which was close to a house party, at around 3am on Sunday.

Mum-of-two Sasha, who helped organise the BLM protests last year, was found suffering from gunshot wounds.

She was rushed to hospital where she remains in a critical condition.

The youth worker and cafe owner gained attention over summer as a prominent figure at a number of BLM protests.

She had previously been a vocal supporter of the campaign to remove the statue of Cecil Rhodes from Oxford University and has since helped to found the Taking the Initiative Party.

She serves on the party's executive committee as the member in charge of activism.

Detectives continue to appeal for anyone with information to come forward by calling police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 and providing the reference 1172/23MAY.

More to follow…

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