This story is becoming so repetitive that it is hardly news anymore. Remember the so-called honey trap murder
from a few years back? Although Junior Nkwelle has suffered the same fate as Shakilus Townsend, his killer and the siren who lured him to his death have been convicted only of manslaughter, which in view of their young ages means they will serve considerably less time than Samantha Joseph and her accomplices.
Having said that, this was more of a spur of the moment crime, at least for Marc Tulloch, who wielded the knife. When Cherelle McKenzie-Jackson considered she'd been dissed
by Junior, she brought in her boyfriend to teach him respect
. He ended up stabbing him to death. When the pair were sentenced yesterday
- Friday - at the Central Criminal Court, she was still only fourteen. They were originally charged with murder, but their trial ended February 28 with a conviction for the lesser crime.
At the sentencing hearing yesterday, Judge Richard Hone QC took the slightly unusual but by no means unprecedented step of releasing their names, due apparently to the nature of the crime.
He told McKenzie-Jackson: "You have an extremely low IQ but that provides little mitigation for the seriousness of what you orchestrated that evening”.
According to the BBC, there were 13 teenagers murdered in London
in 2009, down considerably from the previous year when Mayor Boris Johnson
decided it was time something was done to tackle the underlying causes of the problem.