#AceNewsReport – June.20: Michael Irving was only 15-years-old when he was fatally stabbed in Stratford in September 2019: The sentencing of the two attackers took place at the Old Bailey on Friday, 19 June and resulted in both being sentenced to a combined 25 years: On Thursday, 12 March, a [A] 16-year-old boy, now aged 17, from south London was found guilty of murder: His 15-year-old accomplice, now aged 16 [B], had previously admitted to the murder:
Teenagers who lured Newham schoolboy to violent death jailed on Friday for combined 25yrs in prison:
[A] The now 17-year-old was sentenced to 14 years and 6 months minimum after being found guilty of murder by a jury:
[B] The now 16-year-old was sentenced to 10 years and 6 months minimum after pleading guilty to murder:
Michael’s mother, Leisa, said: “I am pleased that justice has been served on the youths that killed my son, Michael, nothing will bring my son back but at least these two youths will not be able to plan and kill any other children in the near future.”………..
During the trial, the court heard how Michael, of Woolwich, was lured to his death as part of a plan sinisterly executed by the two teens: At around 18:40hrs on Tuesday, 3 September 2019, Michael was found by a member of the public who was walking along Tennyson Road, near to a block of flats on Byford Close in Stratford: In the seconds before, another witness reported seeing a group of males involved in a fight, with one of the boys being attacked by two others: The witness who found Michael attempted CPR before the arrival of emergency services.
The first paramedic from London Ambulance Service (LAS) was on scene by 18:49hrs, and a full complement of medics, including from London’s Air Ambulance had arrived in Byford Close by 19:00hrs: It became clear that efforts to save Michael’s life were not succeeding and he was pronounced dead at 19:45hrs a little over an hour after the attack took place: Michael had been stabbed four times.
An investigation by homicide detectives was launched, and enquiries methodically established a sequence of events that appeared to have led to Michael’s murder: A 16-year-old boy [A] was arrested on suspicion of murder on Tuesday, 3 September: On Thursday, 5 September he was charged with the murder. He appeared the following day at Stratford Magistrates’ Court and was remanded in custody: On Tuesday, 10 September a 15-year-old boy [B] was also arrested on suspicion of murder; he was charged to appear at Stratford Youth Court the following day:
On Thursday, 13 February 2020, the 15-year-old pleaded guilty to Michael’s murder: The investigation was particularly aided by clear CCTV before and after the attack, leading to fast-time arrests and charges: The CCTV which had proven so crucial to detectives’ enquiries, placed Michael at Westfield shopping centre at 16:21hrs on the afternoon of the murder:
At 18:09hrs: The two teenagers, who Michael had earlier arranged to meet via Snapchat, arrived in Stratford by bus. They had travelled from Goodmayes, which is where the 16-year-old was living at the time. A friend of Michael’s who saw them meet up, said Michael seemed ‘really happy’ and the group had fist-bumped in greeting………The three boys then walked to Byford Close, a journey which ended in Michael being stabbed multiple times.
At 18.36hrs: Minutes before the murder, CCTV showed how the 15-year-old [B] had changed his clothing and wrapped a T-shirt around his head which concealed his face: Within six minutes, both were seen to run away and enter a nearby alleyway.
Again, CCTV evidence revealed more about the pair’s efforts to avoid suspicion, as both were captured changing their clothing: The 16-year-old was even caught removing a large knife from between the layers of the two pairs of tracksuit bottoms he was wearing, before placing the weapon into a rucksack…………..As Michael lay in the street mortally wounded, his attackers attempted to journey back to Goodmayes by train. Despite the tricks employed to evade the attention of police, they were stopped for not having a valid ticket and the 15-year-old gave his true details to the rail inspector.
The motive for the murder was not obvious: However, the court heard that Michael had come home earlier than expected after going to stay with the 16-year-old for a short period prior to the attack. The group did not seem to have fallen out during this time and Michael was happy to see those who he believed to be his friends at Westfield that afternoon.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Wrigley led the investigation: He said: “It is never a good day when two teenagers are sentenced for murder, however, both of those imprisoned are callous in nature and un-remorseful about violently taking away Michael’s life: “We can only hope that Michael’s family, who have remained dignified throughout this traumatic process, can take the smallest degree of comfort that the criminal process is now complete: “They will continue to have our support as they continue to grieve for a son lost to violence.”
#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: June.20: 2020:
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