Friday, May 9, 2008

Black-on-black crime in London, England

Three teenage gang members have been given life sentences for killing a 14-year-old boy stabbed in the heart with a sword. Paul Erhahon was murdered in an unprovoked attack by a 17-strong gang in Leytonstone, east London, last April, the Old Bailey heard. Two of the teenagers were given minimum custodial terms of 13 years and one was given a minimum term of 11 years. Two other teenagers convicted of manslaughter were also jailed. The court heard Paul was killed by gang members, some aged as young as 13, who wanted to "earn their spurs" in the group. Many wore hoods and masks and were armed with baseball bats, knives, swords and a bicycle chain when they carried out their attack.

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