Drill rap star Unknown T, 19, who was booked for BBC gig in Ibiza appears in court charged with murdering student at New Year party ‘following fight with machete and a piece of wood’
Drill rapper Unknown T, real name Daniel Lena, has been remanded in custody after he was charged with murder
A drill rapper who was due to appear at a BBC music event in Ibiza next month was remanded in custody today after he was charged with murder.
Unknown T, real name Daniel Lena, is a rising star of the drill music scene and was due to perform at BBC 1Xtra’s Ibiza Rocks 2019 event next month.
But the 19-year-old was charged with the murder of 20-year-old Steven Narvaez-Jara this week and appeared before Highbury Corner Magistrates this morning.
He was denied bail until at least next week, when he appears at the Old Bailey, and the seriousness of the alleged crime means he is unlikely to be freed before his trial.
Steven Narvaez-Jara, from Kent, was found with stab wounds a New Year’s party off London’s Old Street in the early hours of January 1, 2018.
The 20-year-old, who studied physics and aerospace, died an hour later.
It is believed he was injured in a machete fight between people who were at the party.
Unknown T was due to perform at BBC 1Xtra’s Ibiza 2019 event next month but is now likely to be in custody awaiting trial
Lena is charged alongside Mohammed Mussa, left, and Ramani Boreland (right)
Mr Narvaez Jara, originally from Ecuador, was hoping to become a pilot.
Following his death, a friend wrote online: ‘He was passionate about music as well as football. A young man who was loved amongst his family and peers and as the Ecuadorian young man he was, he was full of life and loved a great party. He left behind a loving mother, father and three younger sisters.’
Aerospace died of stab wounds after a New Year’s party in central London last year
Lena, of Hackney, east London, is also charged with an offence of violent disorder on the same date as Mr Narvaez Jara’s death.
His co-defendant Ramani Boreland, 20, is accused of murder and violent disorder and another, Mohammed Musse, also 20, is charged with violent disorder.
Lena, wearing glasses, a white shirt and silver tie, spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth at the hearing.
Lena saw his first official single ‘Homerton B’ reach No. 48 on the UK Singles Chart in October last year. He released the track without a label, but was subsequently signed by Universal Music Group.
He recently teamed up with AJ Tracey for the single Leave Dat Trap and was scheduled to perform at Wireless Festival next year, according to the event’s website.
Drake brought Unknown T on stage during his opening London show at the O2 in April.