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Knife four caged for teen orphan’s death

PUBLISHED: 17:15 20 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:43 25 August 2010

FOUR friends who chased and stabbed a teenage boy to death in a park have been jailed for life.

FOUR friends who chased and stabbed a teenage boy to death in a park have been jailed for life.

The gang of killers knifed 15-year-old Sunday Essiet (pictured) nine times in the back as he desperately tried to escape.

Sunday, an orphan known as 'Baby', pleaded for his life as he was chased around a fenced-off football pitch in broad daylight in Woolwich. He suffered massive blood loss and died at the scene.

Sikuru Doherty, 20, of Swetenham Walk, Woolwich, and, Ifedotun Gbadebo-Araoye, 19, of The Heights, Charlton were jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 16 years.

Miles Maddy Adeniyi Oloyede, nicknamed 'knifer', both 19 and of Corraline Walk, off Lensbury Way, Thamesmead, were given life sentences and ordered to serve a minimum of 15 years and 13 years respectively. Gbadebo-Aroaye also denied robbery but was convicted. He received a seven-year sentence to be served concurrently for this offence. All four were convicted of murder at the Old Bailey last Friday at the end of a two-month trial in April.

Sunday arrived from Nigeria in 2000 with his mother and sister, having lost his father two years earlier. He was orphaned when his mother fell seriously ill and died in 2003. Sunday stayed with family friends but when his sister moved in with her boyfriend, the youngster ended up flitting between hostels.

The gang of killers wanted revenge on February 19 last year after Sunday had used an imitation gun to try and warn them off, following an incident which led to the arrest of his cousin.

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