Man Jailed for Minimum of 23 Years for Wimbledon YMCA Murder

Mongo Bolili stabbed Paul Dalton to death after they had argued

Mongo Bolili
Mongo Bolili

A 34-year-old man who stabbed to death a fellow resident at the YMCA hostel in Wimbledon has been jailed for a minimum of 23 years.

Mongo Bolili received his sentence at the Old Bailey on Friday, 4 November after being found guilty at the same court in July. The minimum term of the life sentence was reduced to 21 years and 72 days due to time spent in custody.

At 12.37am on 13 January 2021 Bolili, who was also known as Ed, searched through rooms in the facility to find 41-year-old Paul Dalton, with whom he had earlier had a dispute.

CCTV captured Paul slamming a communal door, adjacent to Bolili’s room. Bolili then searched the building, apparently looking for Paul.

Paul Dalton
Paul Dalton

He then stabbed him to death in a brief but deadly assault as he was sitting in another resident’s room at the venue which caters for people recovering from addiction or with mental health issues.

Paul was found in a pool of blood and, despite extensive efforts by the centre’s staff to save him, he was pronounced dead at the scene. His femoral artery had been punctured by a single stab wound to his left thigh.

Bolili captured on CCTV returning to his room after the murder
Bolili captured on CCTV returning to his room after the murder

Mr Dalton’s friend witnessed the attack and gave crucial evidence at trial.

Forensic examination found Paul's blood on the blade and Bolili's DNA on the handle. He was found guilty at the Old Bailey on Friday 1 July.

DCI Jim Shirley who led the investigation said, “Bolili claimed Paul’s friend had stabbed him, but there was no evidence at all to support this, My team of officers worked fast and incredibly hard for Paul and I thank them for their diligence and dedication. I hope Paul’s family can derive some comfort that we have done everything we possibly could to bring them justice.”


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November 7, 2022