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Knife murder brothers handed life sentences

PUBLISHED: 15:35 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:12 25 August 2010

TWO brothers who knifed an innocent father to death after wrongly accusing him of stealing a gold chain he knew nothing about were jailed for life last Friday.

TWO brothers who knifed an innocent father to death after wrongly accusing him of stealing a gold chain he knew nothing about were jailed for life last Friday.

Armed with two kitchen knives Carl Wheal, 36, of Timothy House, Kale Road, Thamesmead and his half brother Gary, 27, of Lensbury Way, Thamesmead, stabbed helpless Mark Evans 39 times.

He bled to death on the pavement outside a tower block in Thamesmead.

The brothers went after Mr Evans, 44, after accusing him of taking jewellery belonging to 24-year-old Robert Randall.

The Wheal brothers were ordered to served a minimum of 15 years.

Judge Gerald Gordon told them: "You both chased Mark Evans and then joined together in a vicious and savage knife attack on him.

"He was unarmed and didn't stand a chance.

"You had both been socialising with him earlier and he seems to have been a friend.

"Your acts have deprived two children of their father and devastated the lives of the rest of his family."

As Judge Gordon announced the sentences, relatives of the victim, who packed the public gallery, broke out into cheers and applause.

The brothers responded with raised fists and abusive gestures in the family's direction as they were led to the cells.

Randall, of Holstein Way, Thamesmead, was cleared of murder and an alternative of manslaughter after saying he was only a witness and took no part in the killing.

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