December 9 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
A violent thug is facing life behind bars after being found guilty of murdering an innocent man in a brutal attack.
Allan Kalema, 20, of Cardinals Way, Upper Holloway, was one of a gang of 20 masked youths who stabbed aspiring fashion designer Andrew Jaipaul to death.
Mr Jaipaul, 21, from Burnham Walk, Finsbury Park, was walking home through the Andover Estate on June 26 2011 when he was set upon by the gang.
Shortly after 10pm he was stopped by the mob and then chased into a children’s play area in Corker Walk where he was knifed 25 times in the head chest and legs.
Painter and decorator Mr Jaipual had no known gang connections and was said to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
During the trial, the Old Bailey heard how the murderous gang, known as the Busy Block from Archway, were seeking revenge after one of their members was stabbed in the bottom by rival gangsters in the Wray Kray and Crouch Hall gangs from Holloway.
CCTV caught the mob marching towards the scene of the killing with their faces covered with masks and scarves.
Five other members of the gang were jailed for life at a separate trial in June for the murder of Mr Jaipaul.
At the Old Bailey on Tuesday, another gang member, Tony Walker, 20, of Hazelville Road, Archway, was cleared of murder but found guilty of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.
Kalema and Walker will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on Friday.
Three other men also appeared with the pair and were convicted of violent disorder.
Jamie Farrell, 25, of Havelock Street, Islington, Elliot Parkinson, 18, of Northumberland Grove, Tottenham, and Tylon Mason-Riley, 20, of Adams Place, Holloway, will be sentenced on November 8.