Hyena’ yobs caged for life

PUBLISHED: 18:19 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:26 25 August 2010

TWO laughing teenagers who circled like hyenas as they punched, kicked and stamped a stranger to death were jailed for life, at the Old Bailey.

TWO laughing teenagers who 'circled like hyenas' as they punched, kicked and stamped a stranger to death were jailed for life, at the Old Bailey.

Friends Dennis Hind, 21, of Churchbury Avenue, Eltham and 20-year-old Tutu Kabalika of Picardy Road, Belvedere, picked on hapless Stephen Miller, 45, as they stumbled home from a party.

Mr Miller left his flat in Middle Park Avenue, Eltham to get some fresh air because he had a headache and could not sleep when he was savagely attacked.

The duo who had downed vodka, beer and taken cocaine rained down a string of blows on the victim's head as he lay defenceless on the ground.

Mr Miller begged for his life repeatedly shouting 'please stop.'

The duo ignored his screams and Kabalika was seen to land a double-footed stamp on Mr Miller's prone body.

Hind, a one time amateur boxer, then followed up with a powerful kick to his head as the two killers laughed at their victim.

Witnesses described the pair as acting like a 'pack of hyenas' and 'laughing like clowns.' They goaded the fatally injured man shouting: "Come on, get up, get up."

When neighbours, who had been woken by the sound of the sickening attack, tried to intervene Kabalika told them: "I don't think he's had enough."

Mr Miller died in hospital a few hours after the attack.

He suffered a total of 76 separate injuries, including 46 to the head and neck, 12 to the arms and 18 more to the body and legs.

He suffered 'multiple fractures to the body' including a broken shoulder, crushed neck, 15 broken ribs and a broken jaw.

He was also left with severe brain injuries from the assault and never regained consciousness.

Hind and Kabalika, a former student at Wandsworth College, were both convicted of murder by a jury at the Old Bailey in July.

Last Friday they were jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 15 years behind bars.

Judge David Paget QC said: "As you kicked and stamped Stephen Miller to death you found it amusing, even though he was begging you to stop.

"You two young men attacked and killed Stephen Miller, essentially for no reason, except both of you were very much the worse for wear from drink and drugs.

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