Three gang members have been jailed for murdering a man who was shot in east London in a case of mistaken identity.
Joseph Williams-Torres was sitting with a friend in a van when he was attacked in Walthamstow on 14 March 2018.
The Old Bailey heard the 20-year-old had been killed “by mistake” as part of a turf war between rival youths.
Hamza Ul Haq, 21, of Manor Park, Loic Nengese, 19, of Walthamstow, and a 16-year-old boy were handed life sentences at the Old Bailey earlier.
Ul-Haq was jailed for a minimum term of 28 years, and seven years for attempted aggravated burglary, with the sentences to run concurrently.
Nengese was told he must serve at least 21 years in jail. The 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was detained for a minimum term of 18 years.
Mr Williams-Torres’s killers had mistaken him for someone else who wore the same beanie hat as him, jurors were told.
The jury was told Mr Williams-Torres was targeted by three hooded youths who shot him in the chest and legs while he sat in a van with his friend.
As the defendants appeared to be sentenced, Mr Williams-Torres’s father Anthony Williams told of the heartbreak at losing a “kind and caring” young man.
The attack had been part of a series of retaliatory acts of violence between rival gangs, and the three defendants were associated with a group known as the Mali Boys, the court heard.
Mr Williams-Torres’s killers had been out to avenge the murder of one of their own, 17-year-old Elijah Dornelly, in May 2017.
Prosecutor Allison Hunter QC said the Mali Boys had been involved in a bloody turf war with the Higham Hill or Priory Court gang as they tried to “assert their supremacy and control” of the area.
Before the shooting, Ul Haq had tried to break into the home of one of Elijah’s killers, while Nengese was part of a group looking for a second killer that fired shots into an amusement arcade.
The killers of Mr Williams-Torres were identified on CCTV fleeing the scene and the 16-year-old dropped his phone, enabling police to trace him.
Ul Haq and Nengese claimed they were not the figures captured on CCTV, while the 16-year-old admitted being at the scene but failed to say who he was there with. He also said he thought the attack was going to be a robbery.
Devi Kharran, from the CPS, said: “This was a targeted hit by three ruthless gang members who sought out the wrong victim.
“Joseph was just a couple of weeks short of his 21st birthday and had great plans for his life.
“His family have been left devastated at the loss of their beloved son and brother, but I hope these sentences go some way in providing them with a measure of comfort.”
A man who shot dead his heavily pregnant ex-wife with a crossbow has been found guilty of murder.
Sana Muhammad was shot through the abdomen by Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo at her home in Ilford, east London, on 12 November 2018.
He hid in a shed in his ex-partner’s garden armed with two crossbows, bolts, a knife, duct tape, cable ties and a hammer, the Old Bailey heard.
Mrs Muhammad’s son survived after being delivered by Caesarean section.
The court heard the couple’s relationship ended in 2012 after an incident which led to her jumping out of an upstairs window.
At a trial in 2013, a judge directed jurors to acquit Unmathallegadoo of attempted strangulation.
The mother-of-five then successfully filed for an emergency non-molestation order which barred the defendant from coming within 100 metres of the family home.
The order was still in place at the time of her attack.
Jurors heard Unmathallegadoo plotted the attack – buying two crossbows which were discovered near his ex-wife’s home by a neighbour in March 2018.
After they were removed, he replaced the weapons and organised surveillance on the house in Applegarth Drive.
‘She just screamed’
Mrs Muhammad’s second husband Imtiaz told the court he was in the garden and thought he was “dreaming” when he saw the defendant step out of the shed with two crossbows.
He shouted to his wife to run as Unmathallegadoo chased him into their home.
“When she got an arrow she just screamed. I was thinking, ‘what is happening?’, I was screaming for her.”
Mr Muhammad said the defendant had a second crossbow on his shoulder and he thought: “The second one might be for me.”
Unmathallegadoo later claimed Mr Muhammad was his target but that his ex-wife got in the way.
The court heard Unmathallegadoo’s children tried to take the crossbow away from him.
Unmathallegadoo, who denied murder, claimed he went to the house to talk to Mr Muhammad about his daughter’s religion and said he had bought the weapons for a hunting holiday.
But the prosecution said Unmathallegadoo had planned to kill the couple and their unborn child.
Susan Krikler, from the Crown Prosecution Service said: “This was a cold-blooded and calculated execution.
“This devastating attack has left six children without their mother,” she added.
A man stabbed to death at a London Underground station was a football fan on his way to a match, the BBC has been told.
The Arsenal supporter was killed in an “unprovoked attack” on the platform at Hillingdon station on Tuesday.
He had been on his way to the Emirates Stadium to see the Gunners face Nottingham Forest in the third round of the Carabao Cup, a source said.
It is the third murder investigation on the Tube network this year.
No arrests have been made over the attack, which Det Supt Gary Richardson described as “a shocking act of violence”.
He said the British Transport Police (BTP) investigation was in its “early stages”.
“We believe a group of young men were involved in an altercation on the platform before one of the men received a fatal stab wound,” he said.
Police were called to the station in west London shortly before 16:00 BST and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Danielle Foster, who was driving past Hillingdon station at the time of the stabbing, said upon “hearing so many sirens, I knew something terrible had happened”.
“Lots of people were being turned away from the station as it had been closed,” she said, adding: “Then the police helicopter began circling the scene.”
Hillingdon station was closed by Transport for London (TfL) while police searched the area.
The station has since reopened.
So far in 2019 more than 110 murder investigations have been launched across London by the Metropolitan Police and BTP.
A man was stabbed to death in a south-west London street by the person he had been walking with, police have said.
Tesfa Campbell, 40, was found by police responding to reports of a fight on Latchmere Road in Battersea on Wednesday. He died in hospital.
Det Ch Insp Simon Harding, from The Met, said it is believed Mr Campbell was walking on Burns Road with another man who stabbed him and fled on foot.
No arrests have been made in connection with his death.
Police found Mr Campbell injured at about 14:45 BST and have appealed for witnesses who were in the area at the time, “particularly” around the nearby Latchmere Leisure Centre.
Det Ch Insp Harding said: “This stabbing happened in broad daylight and we believe there are people out there who can help us establish the facts of the incident.”
A post-mortem examination of Mr Campbell, who was from Croydon, will happen in due course.