Once, that would have been true:
Maibvisira, from Gillingham, Ephrain Akinwunmi-Streets, 17, from Sittingbourne, Kent, Tyler Ralph, also 17 and from Stevenage in Hertfordshire, Shezakia Daley, 17 and from Gillingham, and 16-year-old Jordan Dania, from Croydon, south London, were found guilty of murder and violent disorder.
Akinwunmi-Streets, known as Velz, was also convicted of an affray committed six days before Kyle died.
Good old Kentish families, all…
An order preventing the identification of the juvenile defendants was lifted today by Judge Adele Williams at the request of the media and on conviction.
It’s not like we didn’t know already exactly what sort of people they’d be….
During the trial, Judge Williams was told that threats had been made by defendants to each other as well as prison officers.
One also threatened to escape and so security was heightened in the packed courtroom.
Pity that security wasn’t offered to the public by past judges…
Just six months before Kyle died, Ralph slashed a man to his head in a knife attack in broad daylight at a McDonald’s in Penge, south east London.
He also pushed an elderly woman to the ground inside the fast food restaurant and was subsequently sentenced to a youth rehabilitation order for assault causing actual bodily harm, affray, battery and possession of a blade.
Three years earlier, at the age of 13, Ralph was also convicted of possession of a bladed article and given a four-month referral order.
So much for ‘possession of a knife will see you taken off the streets’…
All five will be sentenced on Thursday 14 June.
Expect yet more leniency.