Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Teenage gang sentenced to 82 years for thr murder of Daniel Famakinwa

Five members of a teenage shooting gang who murdered a young Nigerian-born man and held up strangers at gunpoint 'for kicks' have been sentenced for 82 years, the Old Bailey heard yesterday , July 9,2012.

Nigerian Daniel Famakinwa, 20-year-old professional dancer, was showered with blows as he waited to catch a bus home from a south London nightclub in the early hours of the morning. Adrian Rhodes, 19-years-old, delivered a flying kick to the victim moments before Ezekiel Charles-Stirling, also 19, blasted him with an illegal 9mm pistol.

Less than four weeks after the killing, Rhodes tried to carry out a similar attack, but missed his intended target and was caught red-handed with the firearm used in the killing. Charles-Stirling denied murder, claiming he had been framed by the other gang members, but was convicted following a trial at the Old Bailey.

Ezekiel Charles-Stirling was found guilty of murder, other alleged gang members Romelle Bogle, 18, of Brixton, Joshua Chieke, 18, of Stockwell, Christopher Perry 18, of Streatham, and Adrian Rhodes, 19, of Stockwell, all south London, were cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter. Together, in total they have been sentenced to 82 years.

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