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Teenage ‘highwaymen’ guilty of charity worker’s murder to be sentenced

Nathan Gilmaney, 19, and Troy Thomas, 18, were found guilty at the Old Bailey.

Two teenage moped riders will be sentenced later for stabbing a charity youth worker to death during a violent robbery spree.

Nathan Gilmaney, 19, and Troy Thomas, 18, tried to rob as many people as possible, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake on October 16 last year.

They killed 28-year-old Abdul Samad for his iPhone and little more than “aggression and blood lust” as they swept across west London on a scooter.

Abdul Samad was fatally stabbed despite handing over his valuables (Scotland Yard/PA)

After being stabbed, Mr Samad collapsed on his doorstep in front of his horrified parents while the robbers prowled the streets for their next victim.

Prosecutor Oliver Glasgow QC said the killers were “highwaymen of the 21st century” who attacked their targets in a “brazen and shocking manner”.

At the end of their four-hour spree of violence, they had committed nine knifepoint robberies, stabbed four victims and killed Mr Samad.

Troy Thomas was also convicted of murder (Scotland Yard/PA)

The culprits were arrested following a police chase, their pockets stuffed with stolen valuables.

Thomas admitted robbing the victims but denied responsibility for the violence while Gilmaney pleaded guilty to the robberies and violence.

The pair, from Maida Vale, west London, were found guilty of murder following an Old Bailey trial.

Judge Richard Marks QC will sentence the teenagers on Friday.

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