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Gun murder gang pair get 32 years

Two members of a murderous gun gang have been jailed for life for the murder of an innocent 16-year-old girl shot dead when a tit-for-tat revenge hit went wrong.

Agnes Sina-Inakoju, who hoped to go to Oxford University, was blasted in the neck as she went to buy pizza at a takeaway shop.

She became the unwitting victim of "gang warfare" when she was gunned down by Leon Dunkley in east London in April last year.

Dunkley, a senior member of the London Fields gang, fired a submachine gun through the window in a "callous and cold-blooded" attack.

He and fellow gang member Mohammed Smoured, both wearing hoodies, cycled up to the Hoxton Chicken and Pizza Shop before Dunkley, without looking who he was aiming at, pulled out his gun and fired.

Dunkley, 22, and look-out Smoured, 21, both of Hackney, east London, were each convicted of murder by a 10-1 majority at the Old Bailey. They were each jailed for life and told they must serve at least 32 years each behind bars.

Judge Peter Beaumont, the Recorder of London, said: "Gun violence with loaded weapons that imperils innocent people on the streets of London has to be stopped."

The shooting was captured on shocking CCTV footage. It was the culmination of a violent and escalating feud between groups of youths from different parts of Hackney.

However the person Dunkley hit was not a gang member but Agnes, a "popular and successful" schoolgirl. Simon Denison QC, prosecuting, told the court: "Her future was taken away from her in an instant."

Agnes's brother Abiola Inakoju said in a victim impact statement that she had had a "realistic ambition" to go to Oxford and went to see the university the week before she was shot. He said: "We were looking forward to seeing her growing into a young woman and being everything she wanted to be."

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