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Teen guilty of station stab death

A teenager has been found guilty of killing a 15-year-old boy who was stabbed to death in front of horrified commuters.

Junior Bayode, 19, was found guilty of manslaughter at the Old Bailey for his role in the death of Sofyen Belamouadden in March 2010 at Victoria station, one of the busiest transport hubs in central London.

He was also found guilty of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm.

But the jury could not agree a verdict on murder and Bayode was remanded in custody until Friday for the Crown Prosecution to decide if there will be a retrial.

If it decides to go ahead, it will be the sixth trial since aspiring footballer Sofyen was stabbed nine times in a clash between two sets of pupils from west London schools.

Bayode, of Streatham, south London, was the last of 20 people to be tried in connection to Sofyen's death.

Obi Nwokeh, 20, Christopher Omoregrie and Samson Odegbune, both 19, were given life sentences for murder in April with minimum terms of 18 years.

Victoria Osoteku, 20, the only woman to be charged, was jailed for 12 years for manslaughter, along with three other youths.

She was seen on CCTV kicking Sofyen in the head as he lay dying on the ground after the 12-second attack and also helped with buying the knives that were used in the fatal attack.

Twelve other youths received sentences for lesser offences and three were acquitted.


From Belfast Telegraph