Life terms for bicycle gang killers
Three youths have been given life sentences for stabbing to death a doctor's son after he was chased by a bicycle gang.
Ailton Campos De Oliveira, 16, was cycling through east London when he was spotted by schoolboy gangsters out for revenge.
He was pulled off his bike and attacked by a number of youths, who kicked him and hit him with baseball bats. Within minutes, he had suffered 10 stab wounds. One punctured his lung and he died two days later in hospital in July 2010.
Jerelle Wilson-Moonie, 19, Jeffery Lartey and Virally Okokono, both 17, all of east London, were found guilty of murder. They were ordered to be detained during Her Majesty's Pleasure with minimum terms of 18 years.
Old Bailey Judge Timothy Pontius said Ailton was killed as part of a gang feud which had now claimed three young lives. The defendants were part of a gang looking for revenge for the knifing murder a year earlier of Stephen Lewis.
Judge Pontius said: "The most tragic aspect of this utterly needless death is that Ailton was not a member of any gang and had not been involved in the murder. This was an attack on a lone youth who had no chance to defend himself. He never stood a chance."
Crispin Aylett, QC, prosecuting, said Ailton was riding home from a party when he was spotted by a gang of up to 15 youths in Denbigh Road, East Ham, east London.
He told the jury: "Ailton was out on his bicycle when he found himself in the wrong part of town at the wrong time."
Ailton lived in neighbouring West Ham with his grandmother after his mother, a doctor, returned to Angola.
Ailton's mother and police commissioner father were at the opening of the trial but have since returned home. His aunt Eliziana Domingos told the court that killing Ailton was a cowardly act.