Life in jail for pair who killed Brixton teenager

11:44 18 December 2012

Kwame Ofosu-Asare, 17, was stabbed to death. Picture: Met Police/PA Wire

Kwame Ofosu-Asare, 17, was stabbed to death. Picture: Met Police/PA Wire

Two teenagers have been jailed for life after chasing down and killing an innocent schoolboy in Brixton.

Kwame Ofosu-Asare, 17, was mistaken for a rival in a “poisonous and senseless” gang war.

He was stabbed to death while he was walking with a friend through the Moorlands Estate in March this year.

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

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, earlier told jurors: “Kwame’s death was but a part of a poisonous and senseless feud between two rival gangs of youths in south London.”

He added that Kwame was not a member of either gang. He had been to a recording studio in the area.

Kwame was stabbed repeatedly in the back and received a total of 14 wounds while walking in Adelaide Close with a friend.

The killers tried to get away by going into a side road where the friend’s aunt lived, but the aunt was not home and they 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 Tulse Hill and Brixton-based GAS (Guns and Shanks).

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