Monday, July 26, 2010

Two black schoolboys, who killed a pensioner in South London, could walk free after serving half of their prison terms

Hamza Lyzai, 15, and Leon Elcock, 16, were sentenced to four and a half years and three and a half years respectively by judge Martin Stephens. However, the ruling by the Central Criminal Court said they would be released after serving half of their sentences, minus the time they have already spent in custody. The two black schoolchildren, members of the so-called "happy slapping" gang attacked retired care worker Ekram Haque, 67, and indiscriminately killed him in front of his three-year-old granddaughter. The man had been walking home when the two youngsters hit him twice on the head. The victim collapsed and his head hit the pavement. He died a week later in hospital from severe brain injury. The two young murderers had also taken part in a happy-slapping attack on a married elderly couple five days before the incident, kicking and stamping on them in their own home. The two killers regularly took part in a happy-slapping spree, filming their violence on strangers under the name "Lane Gang Productions."

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