Teen jailed for hiding Agnes murder weapon
PUBLISHED: 14:39 12 May 2011 | UPDATED: 15:26 16 May 2011
A teenager has been jailed for ten years smuggling the sub machine gun which killed an innocent young girl in Hoxton.
Another boy who hid a cache of guns including the weapon which killed Agnes Sina-Inakoju under his nine-year-old brother’s bed has been given a three year supervision order.
Dwayne Wisdom, 17, of Graham Road, a member of the notorious London Fields gang and the 16-year-old Hoxton boy youth who cannot be named for legal reasons were sentenced at the Old Bailey today on for firearms offences and helping those involved in the murder.
Wisdom, was sentenced to 13 years, with a minimum of ten in custody.
Sixteen-year-old promising student Agnes who lived on the De Beauvoir estate was an innocent victim of a feud between the London Fields and Hoxton Boys gangs who had been involved in tit-for-tat incidents in the days leading up to her shooting.
Days after the murder police spotted Wisdom in the London Fields area carrying a rucksack. He made off and threw the bag containing the murder weapon, a pistol and ammunition and shotgun cartridges into a garden in Blanchard Way.
The 16-year-old was found guilty one count of possession of a prohibited firearm and sentenced to a 3 year youth rehabilitation order under strict supervision. He had been found hiding under a pile of clothes in his wardrobe when police arrested him.
Haggerston School pupil Agnes died two days after the shooting on 14 April 2010 at Hoxton Chicken and Pizza in Hoxton Street, She was shot through the neck by London Fields gang members as she visited a takeaway with friends.
Hackney men Leon Dunkley, 22 of Kenninghall Road, and Mohammed Smoured, 21 of Hopwood Walk, have already been jailed for her murder and also sentenced for possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.
They will each spend a minimum of 32 years in prison.
At today’s sentencing Detective Chief Inspector John Crossley, from Operation Trident, said: “Agnes was a totally innocent victim of gun crime who had her whole future ahead of her.
“On 14 April last year two members of a gang cycled up to a chicken shop window in broad daylight and shot a sub machine gun indiscriminately through the window and the bullet struck Agnes in the neck at point blank range.
“Despite medical treatment and assistance at the scene from police and an off-duty paramedic and doctor she died a short time later. In dealing with the individuals involved we have also recovered a number of weapons including the murder weapon.
“We are pleased with the verdicts but these convictions can only be achieved by the courage of members of the public coming forward to give vital evidence in this case. I would like to thank them for the courage that they have shown.”
He paid tribute to Agnes’ family for the dignity they have shown.
Hackney’s Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Steve Bending, said: “Those convicted today have committed a crime that is as reckless as it is cowardly. They are each condemned by every right-minded person for playing their part in taking the innocent life of Agnes, a young lady with her whole life ahead of her. I know that all our thoughts are with Agnes’s family, as those responsible are sent to prison to face the consequences of their actions.”
The youth was arrested the following day at his home address, where he was found hiding in a wardrobe under a pile of clothing, on suspicion of possessing a firearm. He was subsequently charged.
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