Murderer was found asleep nearby when cops discovered his stabbed victim in their Peckham flat

Police found a murderer asleep after discovering his dying victim at the bottom of stairs in their shared flat.

Alvaro Mendoza Sillerico, also known as Uziel Mendez, 28, of Rye Lane, Peckham, was found guilty at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, 29 January of the murder of 39-year-old Juan Olmos-Saca – who died four days after he was stabbed.

Sillerico, who gave differing accounts of what had happened that night, will be sentenced at the same court on Wednesday, 30 January.

An investigation was launched after police were called at 2.30am on Monday, 29 January 2018 to a shared flat on Rye Lane in Peckham following reports of a stabbing.

Officers and paramedics found Juan suffering from a stab wound to his chest.

He was taken to a South London hospital where he remained in a critical condition before he died from his injuries on Friday, 2 February.

A special post-mortem examination held at Greenwich Mortuary on Monday, 5 February gave cause of death as a stab wound to the heart.

Detectives established that Sillerico had spent the evening of Sunday, 28 January drinking with friends in Camberwell. He returned to the flat in Rye Lane where other occupants described him as being agitated. He claimed he had become intoxicated and pushed Juan down some stairs.

Juan was found injured on a communal stairway suffering a stab injury. Police were called and officers found him barely conscious before he was taken to hospital by the LAS.

Six men, including Sillerico – who was found asleep – were arrested at the scene.

Sillerico was initially charged with attempted murder on Thursday, 1 February. Following Juan’s death, the charge was amended to murder.

The other five were released with no further action.

Detective Chief Inspector John Massey, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “This violent death appears to have stemmed from a drunken argument which occurred at the flat where the two men lived. It is tragic that someone can lose their life in such a trivial way.

“Sillerico attacked Juan leaving him fatally injured. It would appear that he alerted others some time later but provided a number of different, conflicting accounts of his actions that night to the other residents and police.

“I hope that the conviction provides some comfort to Juan’s family as they face a future without him.”

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