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  • 18 December 2012, 14:49

Two Jailed Over Kwame Ofosu-Asare Murder

Two teenagers have been jailed for life for killing a 17-year-old schoolboy.

Kwame Ofosu-Asare was mistaken for a rival in a "poisonous and senseless" gang war and knifed to death in broad daylight while walking with a friend through Brixton, south London, in March.

Nelson Idiabeta, 18, of no fixed address, and Nathaniel Okusanya, 19, of Vibart Gardens, Lambeth, south London, were found guilty of murder.

Sentencing them at the Old Bailey, Judge Richard Marks ordered that Idiabeta serve a minimum term of 19 years and Okusanya, 20 years.

He told them: "It was Kwame's misfortune to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Neither of you has shown one iota of remorse for what you did."

Crispin Aylett QC, prosecuting, told jurors: "Kwame's death was but a part of a poisonous and senseless feud between two rival gangs of youths in south London."

Kwame was not a member of either gang, he added.

The teenager had been to a recording studio in the area with his friend - the pair tried to get away by going into a side road where the friend's aunt lived, but the aunt was not home and the boys were trapped in a cul de sac.

The court heard that the attack had its roots in a feud between the TN1 (Trust No-One) gang from the Tulse Hill area of south London and Brixton-based Gas (Guns and Shanks).

Idiabeta and Okusanya were members of the TN1 group out to avenge one of their number who had been stabbed in a bus garage attack carried out by the GAS gangearlier in the day.

Kwame's father Kwaku, a sports journalist, told the court in a statement that his son was full of potential.

He was in the sixth form of Forest Hill School and excelled in sport, music and acting and had great ambitions to make something of his life.

Mr Ofosu-Asare said: "Kwame was a very vibrant, energetic and enthusiastic boy. His brother and sister are struggling to cope with his death. All our lives have been ruined."

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