Five teenagers facing jail after stabbing rival to death in the street

Five teenagers convicted of murder after stabbing rival in the street

Kyle Yule, left, was stabbed by a group of teenagers including Victor Maibvisira, right. Image: PA

Friday, June 8, 2018

Five teenagers are facing jail after being found guilty of knifing an unarmed teenager to death following months of tit-for-tat attacks.

Kyle Yule suffered five stab wounds and a number of blunt force injuries on October 6 last year and died on the operating table during the early hours of the following day.

The 17-year-old received a fatal injury to his right armpit which severed a major artery after he was chased from a car parked on East Street in Gillingham, Kent.

On Friday, 19-year-old Victor Maibvisira, Ephrain Akinwunmi-Streets, 17, Shezakia Daley, 17, Tyler Ralph, 17, and Jordan Dania, 16, were all convicted of his murder.

Akinwunmi-Streets, Daley, Ralph and Dania were granted anonymity during the trial but following the jury's verdict the judge allowed reporting restrictions to be lifted.

During the nine-week trial, the court heard the five defendants, including Maibvisira, known by his tag name V, were on East Street when they came across a Renault Clio with Mr Yule inside.

In a bid to get him out of the vehicle, an eyewitness told police the "group were smashing the car as if they were possessed".

Mr Yule escaped from the car and ran towards the home of his friend where he was knocked to the ground and attacked in the front garden.

A witness told officers the group chasing him "were on him like vultures, kicking and punching him".

Another said the group all had their hoods up, were stamping on him, and that they could hear him shouting "that's enough V, V stop" and "help, help that's enough V, leave V".

There had been a string of previous disputes between the two groups in the weeks and months before the attack, with one of the defendants' friends being jailed for assault on one of the victim's friends in July 2017.