Kevin Ssali's dad slams Met, school and council over 14-year-old son's death

Sewa Ssali pictured with his wife Erone and children Tim Ssali and Sara-Marie Ssali

Kevin Ssali

Roree Cox

Flowers left at the scene

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THE dad of a murdered 14-year-old schoolboy in Lee has slammed “failings” in the Met, social services and at his son’s school during a two-month hunt for the missing teenager.

Kevin Ssali was stabbed on a bus in Lee Green on September 15 2012 by New Cross 18-year-old Roree Cox who was found guilty of his murder on January 15.

News Shopper: Kevin Ssali was stabbed as he got off the 202 bus in Lee last night

The Crown Wood College pupil, who lived with his mother Clemence Mudage in South Norwood, and commuted to Eltham, had been missing for two months before the attack.

Kevin’s father Sewa Ssali, who says failings emerged during the trial, said: “There were a lot of failings and we would like to bring that to light to avoid anything like that happening.

“There were a lot of mistakes made, by the police, by the social services, by the school.”

The 55-year-old, who temporarily lives in Lee High Road, claims his son turned up at school shortly after he went missing but his family were not told and he was allowed to leave again.

He said: "They just let him walk out of the school. Nobody knew where he had been staying for that week. What kind of responsibility was that?"

News Shopper: Floral tributes to Kevin Ssali have been left in Burnt Ash Road

Mr Ssali also slammed the Met for allegedly losing his son’s picture and blamed the Olympics for a lack of proper investigation.

He said: "Generally, they claim they couldn’t do the best they could because the Olympics was taking place.

"I will pray no other event comes to London because if something terrible happens and the police can’t respond as they should, it could end in disaster."

A spokesman for the Met, which launched an investigation into the case following complaints, said: “There were no recommendations of misconduct on the part of any officer but there are areas of learning for both individuals and the organisation which will be acted upon.”

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is currently processing an appeal to the conclusion of the Met investigation.

Family friend Clive Knight says his family told Greenwich Council the missing boy was staying in Barnfield Gardens, Plumstead, but claims nothing was done.

The 60-year-old said: “My niece told somebody at Greenwich social services exactly where he was and then a week later the poor boy was dead.

“Nobody did anything until it was too late.”

A Greenwich Council spokeswoman said: “The Royal Borough of Greenwich would like to express again our deepest sympathies for Kevin’s friends and family.

“Before his tragic death, any information about Kevin’s circumstances received by the Royal Borough of Greenwich was passed to the local authority where he lived.”

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5:19pm Mon 20 Jan 14

joncook says...

Strange how he doesn't want to shoulder any of the responsibility or blame!
Strange how he doesn't want to shoulder any of the responsibility or blame! joncook
  • Score: 30

5:27pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Virtual-Monster says...

It's always someone else's fault. Here's a thought, if this poor CHILD was happy at home, maybe he wouldn't have been missing for 2 months?

I'm afraid that the family must take responsibility for their son being so unhappy that he fled the family home and lets be honest, it's not the Council(s), the school or the Police that placed a knife in the hands of an animal who chose to steal the life of a 14 year old child.

The real lessons here are look after your children at all costs and do not encourage, ignore or facilitate carrying knives in any way.
It's always someone else's fault. Here's a thought, if this poor CHILD was happy at home, maybe he wouldn't have been missing for 2 months? I'm afraid that the family must take responsibility for their son being so unhappy that he fled the family home and lets be honest, it's not the Council(s), the school or the Police that placed a knife in the hands of an animal who chose to steal the life of a 14 year old child. The real lessons here are look after your children at all costs and do not encourage, ignore or facilitate carrying knives in any way. Virtual-Monster
  • Score: 28

9:16pm Mon 20 Jan 14

mouthalmighty says...

Virtual-Monster wrote:
It's always someone else's fault. Here's a thought, if this poor CHILD was happy at home, maybe he wouldn't have been missing for 2 months?

I'm afraid that the family must take responsibility for their son being so unhappy that he fled the family home and lets be honest, it's not the Council(s), the school or the Police that placed a knife in the hands of an animal who chose to steal the life of a 14 year old child.

The real lessons here are look after your children at all costs and do not encourage, ignore or facilitate carrying knives in any way.
You Are nasty beyond words. There has been failings, by all parties concerned. Its strange how those rich kids who ran away to another country were in the news almost hourly. Explain that Jon.

I am pretty sure that Kevin's family cared deeply for him. Children have minds of their own, and interpret things differently due to lack of experience and life. Kids run away every day. No one knows why, when everything seemed fine.

Have some mercy on this family. They have suffered enough.
[quote][p][bold]Virtual-Monster[/bold] wrote: It's always someone else's fault. Here's a thought, if this poor CHILD was happy at home, maybe he wouldn't have been missing for 2 months? I'm afraid that the family must take responsibility for their son being so unhappy that he fled the family home and lets be honest, it's not the Council(s), the school or the Police that placed a knife in the hands of an animal who chose to steal the life of a 14 year old child. The real lessons here are look after your children at all costs and do not encourage, ignore or facilitate carrying knives in any way.[/p][/quote]You Are nasty beyond words. There has been failings, by all parties concerned. Its strange how those rich kids who ran away to another country were in the news almost hourly. Explain that Jon. I am pretty sure that Kevin's family cared deeply for him. Children have minds of their own, and interpret things differently due to lack of experience and life. Kids run away every day. No one knows why, when everything seemed fine. Have some mercy on this family. They have suffered enough. mouthalmighty
  • Score: -16

5:12am Tue 21 Jan 14

Techvedic says...

The different organizations linked with the case should think of a collaborative way to wok on cases concerned with the death and life of a person, rather than playing a blame game. Police Complaints Commission would definitely come with the fact to book the culprits. (Editor, Techvedic)
The different organizations linked with the case should think of a collaborative way to wok on cases concerned with the death and life of a person, rather than playing a blame game. Police Complaints Commission would definitely come with the fact to book the culprits. (Editor, Techvedic) Techvedic
  • Score: 0

11:13am Tue 21 Jan 14

concerned.erith says...

Virtual-Monster wrote:
It's always someone else's fault. Here's a thought, if this poor CHILD was happy at home, maybe he wouldn't have been missing for 2 months?

I'm afraid that the family must take responsibility for their son being so unhappy that he fled the family home and lets be honest, it's not the Council(s), the school or the Police that placed a knife in the hands of an animal who chose to steal the life of a 14 year old child.

The real lessons here are look after your children at all costs and do not encourage, ignore or facilitate carrying knives in any way.
I couldn't agree more. It's very sad what has happened but at the end of the day the family are responsible for the boy leaving in the first place.
[quote][p][bold]Virtual-Monster[/bold] wrote: It's always someone else's fault. Here's a thought, if this poor CHILD was happy at home, maybe he wouldn't have been missing for 2 months? I'm afraid that the family must take responsibility for their son being so unhappy that he fled the family home and lets be honest, it's not the Council(s), the school or the Police that placed a knife in the hands of an animal who chose to steal the life of a 14 year old child. The real lessons here are look after your children at all costs and do not encourage, ignore or facilitate carrying knives in any way.[/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more. It's very sad what has happened but at the end of the day the family are responsible for the boy leaving in the first place. concerned.erith
  • Score: 7

12:23pm Tue 21 Jan 14

the wall says...

South Norwood is not in the Crown Wood College catchment area.
South Norwood is not in the Crown Wood College catchment area. the wall
  • Score: -20

1:01pm Wed 22 Jan 14

joncook says...

mouthalmighty wrote:
Virtual-Monster wrote:
It's always someone else's fault. Here's a thought, if this poor CHILD was happy at home, maybe he wouldn't have been missing for 2 months?

I'm afraid that the family must take responsibility for their son being so unhappy that he fled the family home and lets be honest, it's not the Council(s), the school or the Police that placed a knife in the hands of an animal who chose to steal the life of a 14 year old child.

The real lessons here are look after your children at all costs and do not encourage, ignore or facilitate carrying knives in any way.
You Are nasty beyond words. There has been failings, by all parties concerned. Its strange how those rich kids who ran away to another country were in the news almost hourly. Explain that Jon.

I am pretty sure that Kevin's family cared deeply for him. Children have minds of their own, and interpret things differently due to lack of experience and life. Kids run away every day. No one knows why, when everything seemed fine.

Have some mercy on this family. They have suffered enough.
There is absolutely nothing nasty about what I said. It is a statement of fact! Read the report properly and the reports that came before and all will become clear to you.
The rich kids who ran away to a foreign country have nothing in common with this story and this story has had plenty of coverage so stop looking for an angle that does not exist.
[quote][p][bold]mouthalmighty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Virtual-Monster[/bold] wrote: It's always someone else's fault. Here's a thought, if this poor CHILD was happy at home, maybe he wouldn't have been missing for 2 months? I'm afraid that the family must take responsibility for their son being so unhappy that he fled the family home and lets be honest, it's not the Council(s), the school or the Police that placed a knife in the hands of an animal who chose to steal the life of a 14 year old child. The real lessons here are look after your children at all costs and do not encourage, ignore or facilitate carrying knives in any way.[/p][/quote]You Are nasty beyond words. There has been failings, by all parties concerned. Its strange how those rich kids who ran away to another country were in the news almost hourly. Explain that Jon. I am pretty sure that Kevin's family cared deeply for him. Children have minds of their own, and interpret things differently due to lack of experience and life. Kids run away every day. No one knows why, when everything seemed fine. Have some mercy on this family. They have suffered enough.[/p][/quote]There is absolutely nothing nasty about what I said. It is a statement of fact! Read the report properly and the reports that came before and all will become clear to you. The rich kids who ran away to a foreign country have nothing in common with this story and this story has had plenty of coverage so stop looking for an angle that does not exist. joncook
  • Score: 2

12:52pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Virtual-Monster says...

joncook wrote:
mouthalmighty wrote:
Virtual-Monster wrote:
It's always someone else's fault. Here's a thought, if this poor CHILD was happy at home, maybe he wouldn't have been missing for 2 months?

I'm afraid that the family must take responsibility for their son being so unhappy that he fled the family home and lets be honest, it's not the Council(s), the school or the Police that placed a knife in the hands of an animal who chose to steal the life of a 14 year old child.

The real lessons here are look after your children at all costs and do not encourage, ignore or facilitate carrying knives in any way.
You Are nasty beyond words. There has been failings, by all parties concerned. Its strange how those rich kids who ran away to another country were in the news almost hourly. Explain that Jon.

I am pretty sure that Kevin's family cared deeply for him. Children have minds of their own, and interpret things differently due to lack of experience and life. Kids run away every day. No one knows why, when everything seemed fine.

Have some mercy on this family. They have suffered enough.
There is absolutely nothing nasty about what I said. It is a statement of fact! Read the report properly and the reports that came before and all will become clear to you.
The rich kids who ran away to a foreign country have nothing in common with this story and this story has had plenty of coverage so stop looking for an angle that does not exist.
Why is joncook pretending he is me? Do I have a split personality or something?
[quote][p][bold]joncook[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mouthalmighty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Virtual-Monster[/bold] wrote: It's always someone else's fault. Here's a thought, if this poor CHILD was happy at home, maybe he wouldn't have been missing for 2 months? I'm afraid that the family must take responsibility for their son being so unhappy that he fled the family home and lets be honest, it's not the Council(s), the school or the Police that placed a knife in the hands of an animal who chose to steal the life of a 14 year old child. The real lessons here are look after your children at all costs and do not encourage, ignore or facilitate carrying knives in any way.[/p][/quote]You Are nasty beyond words. There has been failings, by all parties concerned. Its strange how those rich kids who ran away to another country were in the news almost hourly. Explain that Jon. I am pretty sure that Kevin's family cared deeply for him. Children have minds of their own, and interpret things differently due to lack of experience and life. Kids run away every day. No one knows why, when everything seemed fine. Have some mercy on this family. They have suffered enough.[/p][/quote]There is absolutely nothing nasty about what I said. It is a statement of fact! Read the report properly and the reports that came before and all will become clear to you. The rich kids who ran away to a foreign country have nothing in common with this story and this story has had plenty of coverage so stop looking for an angle that does not exist.[/p][/quote]Why is joncook pretending he is me? Do I have a split personality or something? Virtual-Monster
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