Pair guilty of schoolboy murder

Innocent Kwame Ofosu-Asare was stabbed to death in a feud between two rival gangs of youths in south London

Innocent Kwame Ofosu-Asare was stabbed to death in a feud between two rival gangs of youths in south London

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Two teenagers are facing life terms after being convicted of murdering an innocent schoolboy who was knifed to death.

An innocent teenage boy was stabbed to death when two youths involved in a "poisonous and senseless" gang war mistook him for one of their enemies, a jury heard.

Kwame Ofosu-Asare, 17, became caught up in the poisonous and senseless gang war when he was mistaken for a rival.

He was killed in broad daylight while he was walking with a friend through the Moorlands Estate in 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 at the Old Bailey. They were remanded in custody for sentencing on Tuesday.

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 in fact not a member of either gang.

"He was killed for no reason other than that his murderers had come upon him on an estate which they considered to be enemy territory, and at a time when they were looking to take revenge for the stabbing of one of their own only hours earlier.

"In other words, Kwame was murdered for being in the wrong place and at the wrong time - a glib phrase that does not even begin to describe the suffering of his family and friends that has resulted from his murder."

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

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