A man has been jailed for murdering a 14-year-old boy in a “savage, frenzied” attack.
Jaden Moodie was knocked off a moped and repeatedly stabbed by rival gang member Ayoub Majdouline in Bickley Road, Leyton, in January.
The drug dealer was found guilty of the murder on 11 December after his DNA was found on the murder weapon.
Majdouline, 19, of Wembley, was sentenced at the Old Bailey to life with a minimum term of 21 years.
As Jaden’s family left court, his father Julian Moodie said he was happy with the sentence, adding: “British justice has been done.”
Sentencing Majdouline, Judge Richard Marks said he could not “ignore the evidence” about Jaden’s drug dealing and other criminal-related history.
“That he became so involved starting at the age of 13 is truly shocking but none of that means he deserved to die, still less in the circumstances in which he did,” he said.
Majdouline was one of five men linked to the stabbing who drove around east London in a stolen Mercedes looking for members of a rival gang to attack on the night of 8 January, the court heard.
The group, linked to drug gang the Mali Boys, had covered their faces and two of them, including Majdouline, wore yellow rubber gloves to avoid being identified.
The killing was caught on graphic CCTV, which was shown at the trial.
Once the group spotted Jaden, he was knocked off his moped by the car.
Gang members then got out of the car and stabbed him while he lay on the ground.
Jaden, who was dealing drugs for rival gang the Beaumont Crew, suffered nine stab wounds and bled to death in the road as the attackers ran back to the car and sped off, the court heard.
In a victim impact statement, Jaden’s mother Jada Bailey said her son was a “loving and caring, family-orientated little boy” and described his murder as “barbaric”.
Ms Bailey said she felt “let down” by organisations she had turned to for help.
She told the BBC she had complained to social services about her son being groomed by gangs, and moved 140 miles from Nottinghamshire to Waltham Forest in east London to escape trouble.
“I feel like all this could have been avoided,” she said.
“No parent should have to bury their child before themselves.”
Majdouline had a “non-existent childhood” and was particularly traumatised by the murder of his father, the court heard.
Three years after his father’s death, he was identified by the National Crime Agency as a victim of “modern slavery”.
His lawyer James Scobie QC told the court: “He had significant disruption by experiences of trauma and exposure to certain ideologies that no-one of any age should be exposed to.”
Giving evidence in the trial, Majdouline said he had turned to county lines drug dealing “to survive”.
Det Insp Dave Hillier said the Met Police’s “work is not over yet” and the investigation was still live.
“We know that there were five people in that black Mercedes,” he said.
“After deliberately ramming Jaden off his moped, his attackers did not think twice about carrying out a savage, frenzied attack on him – stabbing him nine times in seven seconds while he laid defenceless on the ground.”
A drug dealer who supplied serial killer Stephen Port has been jailed for at least 31 years for the murder of a businessman.
Gerald Matovu, 26, killed Eric Michels, 54, with a fatal overdose of GHB – the same drug his former customer used to kill four men.
He was one of 12 men targeted by Matovu and lover, Brandon Dunbar, 24, over a 19-month period, The Old Bailey heard.
Sentencing, judge Anne Molyneux QC said Matovu was an “experienced poisoner”.
Matovu had previously admitted selling GHB to Port, but had denied killing Mr Michel, who was found dead in bed by his 14-year-old daughter.
The pair met through the Grindr app and took a cab back to Mr Michels’ flat on 18 August 2018.
Passing sentence, the judge said Matovu, who now identifies as female, was a “highly dangerous predator”.
He was jailed for a total of 39 offences relating to 14 victims.
Mr Michel’s ex-wife, Diane Michels, said the two men had a “callous disregard” for his life.
“We have to live with the knowledge the last person Eric saw was the person who took his life”, she said.
The court heard Matovu and his partner Dunbar targeted victims through gay dating apps, carrying out a string of thefts and frauds.
They drugged their victims, calculating they would be “too embarrassed to report what happened”, said the judge.
Co-defendant Dunbar, of Forest Gate, east London, was jailed for 18 years and told he must serve at least two-thirds in prison.
The judge also imposed an extended sentence of five years, to be served on licence.
Jurors were not told about Matovu supplying drugs to Port, who was given a whole-life term for the murders of four young men he poisoned with GHB.
A 14-year-old boy accused of a stabbing murder has been remanded to a secure unit.
The teenager, from Barking, appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Saturday morning over the killing of Santino Angelo Dymiter, from Plaistow.
Eighteen-year-old Mr Dymiter was found injured on the afternoon of 26 August by emergency services at Chadd Green, east London.
The judge remanded the 14-year-old to appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is also accused of having a knife in a public place.
A former youth footballer has been found guilty of murdering a fellow gym user before fleeing the country.
Charles Riddington, 37, repeatedly stabbed George Barker, 24, at the Double K Gym in Bexley, south-east London, in November 2016.
Mr Barker, from South Darenth, Kent, had 17 wounds to his head, body and arms, including three fatal injuries, jurors at the Old Bailey were told.
Riddington had claimed he was acting in self-defence.
However, during the trial, prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC said Riddington had launched a “merciless attack” on him with a lock knife.
Riddington, who played for Millwall as a child, denied lying in wait to attack Mr Barker at the gym.
He said he had been talking to the gym’s owner about a proposal to involve football pundit Jamie Redknapp, who was described in court as a “family friend”, in a documentary.
He alleged it was Mr Barker who was carrying the knife, adding that he had disarmed him during a fight over money.
In his defence, Riddington had claimed the victim was in debt to drug dealers who he had directed to him, claiming he owed Mr Barker £20,000.
Police said they had received “reliable” information Mr Barker was in dispute with someone over a debt before his death.
Phone evidence suggested Mr Barker was involved in “large-scale and international drug dealing” with contacts in Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain, the court heard.
Jurors were told Riddington believed he had been “conned” and was owed money by Mr Barker.
After the attack, the killer used a false passport to fly to Germany and was eventually extradited from northern Cyprus in November 2018 and charged.
Mr Rees had told the jury to consider “why the defendant chose to flee if he felt that he had been justified in defending himself during an attack witnessed by other people who would have been able to support his account”.
His sister, Lucy Barker, described the verdict as “justice for George,” adding: “It’s been a long time coming.”
Mum Julie Underwood said the trial had been “the worst thing in the world to ever have to go through”.
“You are never going to forget the things that were said in that court,” she added.
Det Ch Insp Lauren Smith said: “We may never know the exact reason for this dreadful murder, but we can be sure it was a vicious and protracted assault.”
She said Riddington was “obviously determined to inflict the gravest harm” and “ignored Mr Barker’s pleas to stop, as he ruthlessly stabbed and pursued him through the gym”.
She added: “Those members of the public who witnessed this barbarity were terrified and left traumatised by the events.”
Riddington was found not guilty of a second charge of possessing an offensive weapon.
He is due to be sentenced later this month.