Five guilty of murder after gun and knife 'postcode rivalry' attack

Monday, December 9, 2019

Two men and three teenagers have been found guilty of murder after launching a gun and knife attack in a “petty postcode rivalry” in north London.

Tyrell Graham, 18, Sheareem Cookhorn, 21, and three 17-year-old boys chased 19-year-old Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck “like a pack of animals” before stabbing him to death.

Graham and Cookhorn were also convicted of the attempted murder of a 20-year-old victim who suffered life changing injuries after being shot once and stabbed eight times - the three teenagers were found guilty of grievous bodily harm.

The court heard how the group had plotted to cause serious injury and on February 22, along with two unidentified others, set off towards Wood Green at around 7pm.

Between the five defendants they carried at least five knives, including a machete and a small sword, as well as a handgun and a shotgun.

Sheareem Cookhorn (left) and Tyrell Graham (right) have been convicted of murder and attempted murder

Once they had identified their targets, Cookhorn fired shots, missing the victims and narrowly missing customers and staff in a nearby shop. A chase then followed outside a busy cinema and restaurant area.

The group caught up with the 20-year-old victim and surrounded him, stabbing him eight times and shooting him once in the buttock.

Kamali attempted to scare off the attackers by driving towards them but they turned on him and began to strike the vehicle’s windows and windscreen.

Failing to escape by car, Kamali ran into a hairdresser’s shop across the road, hoping to barricade himself in. The attackers followed him inside and Kamali suffered fatal stab injuries.

Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck died in hospital after the attack

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Stancombe said the defendants were “desperate” to continue a “petty postcode rivalry”.

“Having chased down Kamali and his friend like a pack of animals they set about them with a ferocity I have rarely seen,” he added.

He condemned the defendants for boasting about their “murderous exploits” in drill videos – a violent form of rap music.

“In truth, there are no winners, no bragging rights or anything to be proud of.

“One man is dead, another has life changing injuries, a family is utterly bereft and five young men will spend the best days of their lives behind bars.”

Police have urged anyone with information about gang violence to contact them anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or the charity website Fearless.org.

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