Thugs jailed for "unprovoked" attack
PUBLISHED: 16:37 05 August 2010
Four teenage thugs who battered and stabbed an innocent man to death in an unprovoked attack lasting just 90 seconds have been jailed for a total of 54 years.
Ahmed Ghele, Burhan Yusuf and Osman Amin, all 17, and Liban Ali, 16, were sentenced at the Old Bailey on Friday after being unanimously convicted of murder.
The court heard that the gang, who have finally been named after a court order banning publication of their identity was lifted, ambushed 22-year-old Moses Nteyoho, hitting him with a hammer and stabbing him as he walked through a housing estate in Thamesmead on October 30, 2009.
In a victim impact statement, Eno Nteyoho, the victim’s mother, said her youngest son, who is just 10, has never recovered from his older brother’s death. She said: “Even if justice is done, it will make no difference to me or my family. We have terrible anger which will always be there.
“I am a broken woman who has lost a son. Those who committed this evil act, I hand them to the hand of God.”
She described her son as “calm and kind” and loved by everyone. “He was a boy who never retaliated and wanted peace, not trouble,” she added.
“I will never forget Moses and my pain will never ease. There is a huge gap now in our family.”
His killers had travelled from the Woolwich area of London to carry out the attack, possibly as revenge for previous trouble with youths from Thamesmead.
CCTV cameras recorded them chasing and cornering Mr Nteyoho with a knife and a hammer. Mr Nteyoho died at the scene from his injuries.
Passing sentence, Judge Gerald Gordon said Amin began the attack by battering Mr Nteyoho over the head with a hammer.
He told the accused: “Liban Ali and Ahmed Ghele between you continued the act during the course of which he was stabbed through the heart and other knife injuries were inflicted, most it would seem after he was already fatally wounded.
“As a result of your conduct together a wholly innocent 22-year-old has lost his life. His parents and five brothers are left devastated. It is not a surprise that his mother has described herself as a broken woman. I have no doubt that she is.
“You in contrast left the scene laughing and unrepentant, and there has so far been no remorse shown by any of you.”
Ghele, Amin and Ali were jailed for 14 years, and Yusuf was jailed for 12 years.