CCTV video: Stratford teen jailed for 15 years for killing birthday gatecrasher
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A 17-year-old boy who stabbed a teenager to death during a street battle between 40 armed youths was jailed for at least 15 years today.
Ahmed Ahmed of Holbrook Road, Stratford plunged a knife into the chest of 18-year-old Thomas Overton on Sunday August 19 last year as two rival groups clashed at the end of a surprise 16th birthday party advertised on Facebook.
He then “swaggered” off as Thomas was stabbed another six times in the back and beaten with a metal pole by the rest of his gang.
Thomas ran back home to Beaumont Road, Leyton, before collapsing with a fatal wound to his heart in front of his family.
The brawl started after Thomas’ group tried to gatecrash the party at a house on Colchester Road, Leyton and were chased off by youths from Forest Gate and Stratford.
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The accused, who was then only 16, denied murder claiming he acted in self defence but was convicted of murder after a trial at the Old Bailey.
Judge Charles Wide QC sentenced him to a minimum of 15 years before parole.
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Judge Wide said: “You weren’t responding to a threat - the opposing group were running away. You ran after them with serious violence in mind.”
Ahmed also had a number of violence-related previous convictions.
Another youth who took part in the attack, Kondwani Phiri, 18, of Station Road, Forest Gate, was jailed for three-and-a-half years for violent disorder.
Phiri had also had previous convictions and was under a rehabilitation order for common assault at the time of the attack.
Luke Porter, 19, of Eastbourne Road, East Ham, and three 17-year-old boys who cannot be identified for legal reasons denied charges of violent disorder and were acquitted.