Thursday, December 21, 2006

Illegal immigrants from Nigeria have been convicted of killing a woman as she cradled a baby at a christening party

Martina Smit:

Killers: Brothers Diamond and Timmy Babamuboni, and Jude Odigie

Zainab Kalokoh, 33, had fled war-torn Sierra Leone, only to be shot in the head when the four masked youths raided the family gathering in south London. She collapsed before Alfred Sesay's eyes with his baby still in her arms.

"One minute we were all laughing, talking and dancing - then suddenly we were crying. It was horrible," Mr Sesay said.

"If there was a death penalty, they would throw away their guns. At present it's just bang for a watch, bang for a mobile."

One of the youths, a 17-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons, was convicted of murder.

Brothers Diamond, 17, and Timmy Babamuboni, 15, were cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter along with Jude Odigie, 17.

The Babamubonis, both Nigerians, were in the country illegally and had a string of convictions over the last five years - despite attempts to reform them. Both face now deportation.

Killers had long criminal records

Guilty: baby party killers

Christening gun gang were illegal immigrants

Semi-feral teenagers with history of crime


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