Friday, 31 July 2009



Alexander O'Neal


Cancelled After Teen Knifed


A performance by US soul singer Alexander O'Neal at a London festival was cancelled at the last minute after a teenage boy was stabbed and 'bottled' at the carnival.

Police were called at 7pm on Saturday night to Bermondsey Carnival in Southwark Park in southeast London, after the teenager was found with leg and facial injuries.

He was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The incident led to the main concert being stopped shortly after 8pm just as O'Neal was due on stage.
Several thousand people attended the day-long event.
O'Neal - whose hits include Criticise and Never Knew Love Like This - had reportedly flown in from the US to attend the free event.
The Metropolitan Police said an inquiry was under way.

Ben Kinsella's murderers 'face retribution' during life jail term

The killers, from left: Jade Braithwaite, 18,
Juress Kika, 19, and Michael Alleyne, 20

Ben Kinsella Knife crime victim,
he dies of his injuries

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CCTV of Ben Kinseller after her was stabbed
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On June 29 2008 sixteen-year-old Ben Kinsella became the seventeenth teen in London to die as a result of violent crime.

Last week, almost a year after his death, Michael Alleyne (18), Juress Kika (19) and Jade Braithwaite (20), were found guilty of murder and were sentenced to life imprisonment, serving a minimum of 19 years.

Ben's sister and former Eastender actress Brooke Kinsella said: "It's good enough but it is little more than Ben lived, so it is not really enough."

Speaking after the verdict Detective Chief Inspector John Macdonald praised the witnesses that came forward and said that Ben's killers were ignorant.

"They have no social abilities whatsoever to interact with people. This was a non-event in a pub and they resorted to violence straight away. Ben ran into three cowards. They were older than him, bigger than him, they were armed with knives. He had no chance at all."

Three men who stabbed the schoolboy Ben Kinsella to death were jailed for life yesterday after being warned that they face retribution in prison for the murder.
Jade Braithwaite, 20, Juress Kika, 19, and Michael Alleyne, 18, have all received letters from prison authorities alerting them that they are marked men.
Each will spend at least 19 years in jail for the murder of the 16-year-old brother of the former EastEnders actress Brooke Kinsella.
Applause erupted from the public gallery of the Old Bailey as the killers were led down to the cells in handcuffs. Police had to intervene as friends of the defendants clashed with friends of Ben as they shouted out “Bye” and “Enjoy your porridge”.

Ms Kinsella, who played Kelly Taylor in the BBC soap, clapped once but otherwise kept silent with the rest of her family in the well of court.
Speaking outside court after the hearing she said of the 19-year minimum tariff: “It’s just little more than Ben lived, so it really is not good enough.”
Sentencing the killers, Brian Barker QC, the Common Serjeant of London, said: “Ben Kinsella was 16 when he died. Your blind and heartless anger that night defies belief. He had in front of him a lifetime of promise. You have taken all that away from him in a brutal, cowardly and totally unjustified attack.”
“It reflects yet again the futility of carrying and use of knives by some people. Crimes like these generate outrage in all like minded people.”
Earlier, lawyers for the three killers confirmed that they had received letters warning them they may be under threat from members of a notorious crime family.
Nerida Harford-Bell, for Braithwaite, said: “Jade understands he is a marked man. His mother, grandmother and aunt are in process of moving from their addresses to an entirely different area.”
Sallie Bennett-Jenkins, for Alleyne, said: “He has received a letter that will have an impact for more than many years. It is an unusual step but one he is going to take very, very seriously.”
James Nichol, solicitor advocate for Kika, said of his letter: “It is being taken seriously.”
Ben, who wanted to become a graphic designer, was stabbed 11 times after becoming the innocent victim of an argument. He had been celebrating the end of his exams at Shillibeers bar in Holloway, north London, when he was attacked in the early hours of June 29 last year.
After a mass brawl that had not involved Ben, Braithwaite recruited Kika and Alleyne to get revenge for being “disrespected”. They chased the rival group of youths down the street and picked on Ben when he failed to run away.
The straight-A student was kicked to the floor and stabbed eleven times in five seconds as he pleaded: “I’ve not done anything wrong.”
He was the 17th teenager to be murdered in London last year.
Kika was wanted by police for a stabbing and robbery in Islington days earlier but was only tracked down when he was arrested for the murder on June 30.
Alleyne was on licence after being released from an 18 month prison sentence for drug dealing. Braithwaite had served a 12-month sentence for attempted robbery in 2006. He later blamed Alleyne and Kika for the stabbing, sparking ugly scenes in court as the defendants turned on each other.
Kika and Alleyne, both from Holloway, north London, and Braithwaite from Bow, east London, all denied murder.


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