Four jailed for Negus McLean murder
Posted on: Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Four teenagers who stabbed a 15 year-old schoolboy to death as part of a vicious gang feud were jailed for a total of 65 years.
Brandon Hamilton, 18, Bilal Lariba, 18, Tershan Edwards, 19, and Travis Bowman, 16, were convicted of murdering Negus McLean after a trial at the Old Bailey.
Jurors heard the killers were all members of the GMG gang from Enfield and Negus was affiliated with the DA gang from Edmonton.
The murder in Edmonton in April 2011 followed eight other 'tit for tat' stabbings between the two groups over the previous 12 months.
Gang members who hunted down Negus McLean jailed - Evening Standard
Four jailed for murder - Enfield Independent
See case page for Negus McLean for pictures and CCTV footage
Statement from the Met Police:
Four teenagers have been convicted and sentenced at the Old Bailey today (28 May) of murdering a schoolboy as he cycled to a friends' home with his younger brother.
Negus Mclean, 15 years, was attacked by the gang in Edmonton on 10 April 2011. The jury heard that he was assaulted so viciously that the blade of the knife they were using snapped off in the teenager's body.
Billal Lariba [H], 18 (21.9.94) of Mayall Close, Enfield was sentenced to 16 ½ years imprisonment
Brandon Hamilton [I], 18 (1.8.94) of Broad Oak Avenue, Enfield was sentenced to 19 years imprisonment for murder and 5 years imprisonment for S18 assault to run concurrently
Tershan Edwards [L], 19 (14.11.93) of St Albans was sentenced to 17 years imprisonment and
Travis Bowman, 16 [E] (20.6.96 ) from Enfield was sentenced to 12 ½ years imprisonment
Yasmin Latif [Q] 17 [26.2.96 ] of Enfield was found guilty of perverting the course of justice and was sentenced to a 12 months detention and training order.
The court heard how Negus and his 13-year-old brother were riding their bikes along Bounces Road and Hertford Road in Edmonton at 19:25hrs when they were spotted by a group of teenagers and chased.
The pair were followed into Westminster Road and as Negus was circled he shouted to his brother to escape.
The group, who all wore masks and hooded tops, beat Negus with metal poles before stabbing him in the chest and thigh. The assault only ended when the knife blade snapped and became embedded in Negus's leg.
Detectives from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command (HSCC) conducted a meticulous investigation and initially arrested 18 people in connection with the case.
Detective Inspector Julian Tree, from the HSCC, said: "Negus was a young man with a promising future ahead of him. He was cycling to see a friend when he was hunted down and killed for simply being friends with schoolboys from a different post-code to his attackers. Trying to explain to Negus' family and friends that he was brutally killed for something so utterly trivial was simply heart-breaking.
"My team has worked tirelessly to bring those responsible for Negus's death to justice. As a result of their hard work those who attacked Negus are now facing a significant amount of time in prison.
"We can only hope that others realise what a dreadful mistake it is to join a so-call gang and carry a weapon. Gangs offer no hope to those choosing to join them or the communities they blight."
+ Four males [A - 20 ys; B - 18 ys; C - 16 ys; D - 14 ys] were arrested on suspicion of murder and were taken to a north London police station.
On 15 April 2011 three boys [E - 14 ys; F - 16 ys; G - 17 ys] were arrested on suspicion of murder and taken into custody in east London.
On 20 April 2011 two boys [H - 16 ys; I - 16 ys] were arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to an east London police station.
On 17 May 2011 three males [J - 17 ys; K - 16 ys; L - 17 ys] were arrested on suspicion of murder.
On 12 October 2011 two men [N 19 ys; N - 18 ys] were arrested on suspicion of murder.
On 13 October 2011 two men [O - 25 ys; P - 18 ys] were arrested on suspicion of murder.
During August 2012 a woman [Q - 16 ys] was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course regarding this inquiry.
During August 2012 [R - 18 ys] was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course regarding this inquiry, and assisting an offender.
All were bailed to return pending further inquiries - A/B/C/D/F/G/J/K/M/N/O/P were subsequently released with no further action; E/H/I/L/Q/R were next due in Nov 2012 when they were charged as above.