An Old Bailey judge has sentenced Leon Dunkley and Mohammed Smoured to 32-year minimum terms. After six days of deliberation, both were found guilty this morning of murdering Agnes Sina Inakoju.
Dunkley 22 and Smoured 21, were both members of the notorious London Fields Boys gang and were out to attack a member of the Hoxton Boys gang, following the beating a London Fields Boys member received at the hands of Hoxton Boys. They had heard members of their rival gang were at the Hoxton Chicken & Pizza shop, and peddled over there to confront them. Instead it was Haggerston School student Agnes, who got the bullet meant for him.
An impact statement was read out by Agnes’s brother, Abiola Sina Inakoju:
“Our family could never believe that anything like this could happen to us. Our lives will never be the same again,” he said.
He said said his sister was interested in public speaking, playing football and running.
“We have lost a sister, a friend and a daughter. It has changed us as a family.
We still can’t believe she has been taken away from us at such a young age. She remains in our hearts, where she will remain forever.”
Detective Chief Inspector John Crossley, from Trident, said: “Agnes was a totally innocent victim of gun crime who had her whole future ahead of her.
“On 14 April last year two members of a gang cycled up to a chicken shop window in broad daylight and shot a submachine gun indiscriminately through the window and the bullet struck Agnes in the neck at point blank range.
“Despite medical treatment and assistance at the scene from police and an off-duty paramedic and doctor she died a short time later. In dealing with the individuals involved we have also recovered a number of weapons including the murder weapon and convicted two younger members of the gang who were assisting the gunman by holding and moving the weapons.
“We are pleased with today’s verdict but these convictions can only be achieved by the courage of members of the public coming forward to give vital evidence in this case. I would like to thank them for the courage that they have shown.
“I would finally like to pay tribute to Agnes’ family for the dignity they have shown and our thoughts are with them during this time.”
Hackney’s Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Steve Bending, said: “Those convicted today have committed a crime that is as reckless as it is cowardly. They are each condemned by every right-minded person for playing their part in taking the innocent life of Agnes , a young lady with her whole life ahead of her. I know that all our thoughts are with Agnes’s family, as those responsible are sent to prison to face the consequences of their actions.”