Five Found Guilty of Murder of Acton Schoolboy

Sofyen Belamouadden died in March 2010 at Victoria Station

Sofyen's Murder 'Planned on Facebook

Sofyen Belamouadden, 15, was brutally murdered at Victoria Station.

Sofyen Belamouadden, 15, was murdered at Victoria Station in March 2010.

Five teenagers were convicted at the Old Bailey today of killing Acton schoolboy Sofyen Belamouadden in front of horrified rush hour Tube passengers at Victoria station.

Fifteen year old Sofyen was hunted down and stabbed, beaten, punched and kicked in the ticket hall.

A mob of more than 20 teenagers, some as young as 15, were armed with a samurai sword, kitchen knives, flick knives, metal bars, batons and other weapons.

Sofyen lay helpless in the Tube station ticket hall after being chased through Terminus Place. He had been stabbed nine times and suffered wounds to his heart, lung and major blood vessels.

After deliberating for nearly 24 hours, the jury found Obi Nwokeh, 18, of Borough, and a 17-year-old who cannot be named, guilty of murder.

They cleared three others, Samuel Roberts, 18, of Camberwell, Adonis Akra, 18, of Stockwell, and another 17-year-old, of murder but found them guilty of manslaughter and conspiracy to cause GBH.

A sixth defendant, Enoch Amoah, 18, of Denmark Hill was cleared of murder and manslaughter but found guilty of conspiracy and violent disorder.

Judge Christopher Moss QC will sentence the teenagers later.

Two further trials of 14 other teenagers accused of taking part in the attack will take place later this year.

The murder in March last year was the climax to a simmering feud over a girl between pupils at a sixth form college in Ladbroke Grove and other schools.

Sofyen was a pupil at the Henry Compton School, Fulham, where he had just started in year 10. The day before the murder rival teenagers had clashed at the station in a row which had been running since the previous Christmas.

On this occasion police moved in to split the two sides apart.

That night many of those involved took to the social networking site Facebook to recruit "troops and weapons". Others sent texts about the "madness" that was going to take place the next day.

On his last day alive Sofyen left school early as he felt unwell. He was seen in a takeaway chicken shop at around 3pm and later that day he and a friend headed to Victoria via a bus from Hammersmith Broadway.

The rival gangs met across the street from Terminus Place and within seconds Sofyen was running for his life.

Prosecutor Mark Heywood QC sais "So brazen and confident were his killers they openly carried the various weapons they used with them as they hunted him down."

A witness described seeing a group of 10 to 15 black teenagers pushing one or more youths down a number of stairs.

"The level of aggression was indescribable. The group pushing had a pack mentality," Mr Heywood told the court.

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16 May 2011

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