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Sobbing mother says ‘knives destroy lives’ as gang who murdered her son are jailed

A mother broke down in tears when she came face to face with her son’s killers as they were jailed for life for stabbing him to death outside his best friend’s house.

The gang of five teenagers set upon Kyle Yule ‘like vultures’ during a revenge attack in Gillingham, Kent in October last year.

His mother Nikki Yule said in a statement after his killers were locked up that she hoped it sent out a message to youngsters that ‘knife crime destroys lives.’

The 17-year-old was set upon after he was spotted sat alone in a silver Renault Clio, which had its windows smashed and a tyre slashed.

He ran from the car to a friend’s house but as he banged on the door he was stabbed five times by the gang who ignored his pleas for mercy.

Kyle Yule, pictured, died after he was stabbed, punched and kicked as he lay on the front doorstep of his best friend's home in Gillingham, Kent on October 8, last

Kyle Yule, pictured, died after he was stabbed, punched and kicked as he lay on the front doorstep of his best friend's home in Gillingham, Kent on October 8, last

Victor Maibvisira, pictured, was jailed for 24 years for the murder

Victor Maibvisira, pictured, was jailed for 24 years for the murder

Kyle Yule, (left), died after he was stabbed on the front doorstep of his best friend’s home in Gillingham, Kent. Victor Maibvisira (right) was jailed for 24 years for the killing

He was heard pleading with gang leader and pharmaceutical science student Victor Maibvisira, 19, known as Vee: ‘Vee stop, I’ve had enough. I get the point.’

One of the knife blows from Maibvisira pieced his right armpit and severed an artery.

The hooded and masked teenagers then fled on foot or bikes, leaving Kyle bleeding to death in the front garden. He died in hospital.

Maibvisira and Shezakia Daley, 18, both of Gillingham, Tyler Ralph, of Hertfordshire, and Ephrain Akinwunmi-Streets, of Sittingbourne, both 17, and 16-year-old Jordan Dania, of Croydon, were all convicted of his murder after an eight-week trial.

Maibvisira was handed the longest minimum sentence of 24 years while Akinwunmi-Streets, Daley, Tyler Ralph, 17, and Jordan Dania, 16, were given a minimum of 16 years. 

Kyle's mother Nikki Yule, pictured,  attended the eight-week trial at Maidstone Crown Court and broke down in tears as she read a victim impact statement

Kyle's mother Nikki Yule, pictured,  attended the eight-week trial at Maidstone Crown Court and broke down in tears as she read a victim impact statement

Kyle’s mother Nikki Yule, pictured,  attended the eight-week trial at Maidstone Crown Court and broke down in tears as she read a victim impact statement

During sentencing at Maidstone Crown Court, Mr Yule’s mother wept as she read out a victim impact statement, telling the teenagers: ‘The night you took the life of my beautiful loved son has ruined my family’s life forever.’

She said he had been looking forward to celebrating his 18th birthday in November last year.

She added: ‘His funeral was two days after his birthday. To those involved in taking his life, how dare you sit there and look forward to your birthday?

‘He will never get to see another birthday or Christmas again. He will never get married, never have children, never have a chance to see his brothers and sisters grow up.

She branded the five ‘cowards running around with knives’ and added: ‘Nobody has the right to take somebody else’s life.

‘That night I have been told my son was screaming, begging you to stop, and you just carried on.

‘He would not hurt anyone. He was not in a gang. He would not start a fight.. I know my baby was petrified. He never stood a chance.’

Speaking after the hearing Mrs Yule said: ‘I hope the outcome today will help send out a very strong message to all young people, that knife crime cannot and will not be tolerated in any way, shape or form.

‘No one should feel the need to carry knives. People’s lives can be lost so quickly and needlessly, just look at what happened to my Kyle.

Kyle was sat alone in this Renault Clio before the fatal attack

Kyle was sat alone in this Renault Clio before the fatal attack

Kyle was sat alone in this Renault Clio before the fatal attack

This is the knife that police believe was used by Maibvisira during the murderous attack

This is the knife that police believe was used by Maibvisira during the murderous attack

This is the knife that police believe was used by Maibvisira during the murderous attack

‘Quite simply, knife crime destroys lives.’

The killing was the culmination of a feud when the gang accused one of Kyle’s friends of stealing a bike.

The court heard gang leader Maibvisira ‘gathered his troops and tooled up’, then attacked Kyle as ‘payback’ for a split lip he had suffered in an earlier confrontation with one of the teen’s friends.

Shezakia Daley, 18, who will serve a minimum of 16 years in jail

Shezakia Daley, 18, who will serve a minimum of 16 years in jail

Shezakia Daley, 18, who will serve a minimum of 16 years in jail

This led to a chilling warning in a Snapchat message: ‘Get your coffin ready. Game on.’

A witness told officers the group chasing him ‘were on him like vultures, kicking and punching him’. They were masked and were silent when they inflicted the fatal blows.

Just five days before the killing CCTV captured Maibvisira, Akinwunmi-Streets and Shezakia Daley attempting to attack two men outside a pub with machetes, knives and a belt.

All five admitted being at the scene of the murder, but denied stabbing Kyle.

Maibvisira and Daley were were the only two to give evidence, each blaming the other for inflicting the fatal blow. 

Sentencing Judge Adele Williams said: ‘This case illustrates the problems which occur when young men such as you carry knives and use knives.

‘You all had a fascination with knives. I have no doubt you all thought it was glamorous and macho to carry a knife.

‘You, Ephrain Akinwunmi-Streets, said in interview you all sometimes wore masks to scare people. You all though it would make people look up to you and to fear you.

Maibvisira and his gang were sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court

Maibvisira and his gang were sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court

Maibvisira and his gang were sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court

‘You were all running out of control at this time. You believed the law did not apply to you. During the trial, you all sought to blame each other.

‘This was a revenge attack upon another group.

Police claim there is no problem with teenage gangs in Medway towns

Kent Police have repeatedly denied a problem with teen gangs in the Medway towns despite evidence from the trial and concerns raised in a council report.

They insist the murder was not ‘gang related’ despite jurors being told that Mr Yule was affiliated with G10 in Gillingham, while the defendants were part of C4 in Chatham and all had tags and nicknames.

Both groups are described as gangs in a Medway Council report on tackling gang violence.

The court heard there had been a string of disputes between the two groups before the stabbing, including:

– On August 10 last year, witnesses described a group of 20 or 30 teenagers standing in the middle of the road outside Gillingham Station at 9pm when one pulled out a sword.

– On September 29 in Gillingham High Street, Maibvisira, Ephrain Akinwunmi-Streets and Jordan Dania chased a silver Renault Clio – which Mr Yule was in the night he was attacked – with weapons as it drove around a one-way system.

Last year’s Medway Community Safety Partnership report said there had been an increase in violence some of which was likely to be due to a rise in ’emerging local groups’ as well as gangs from London.

A Kent Police spokesman said the murder was ‘not a gang crime’ or a ‘turf war’ but it was a result of a ‘falling out between two groups of young people who knew each other’. 

‘It was a senseless, ruthless and calculated killing, for which not one of you has at any stage shown any sign of remorse.’

Akinwunmi-Streets, known as Velz, was also convicted of the pub affray while Maibvisira and Daley, known as S or Shez, admitted making threats with a machete.

CCTV showed a masked Maibvisira armed with the knife making a slitting motion across his throat.

Footage was also shown to the jury of Ralph entering a McDonald’s in Penge, south east London, in April last year – five months before the murder – where he slashed a bystander’s head with a knife and pushed over an elderly woman.

The jury also viewed shocking mobile phone footage set to rap music in which Ralph, often masked, brandished a variety of lethal-looking knives and swords.

In one clip the teenager, who has previous convictions for both violence and knife crime, was shown wielding a machete behind a young woman who told the camera ‘F*** with me, f*** with him’.  

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Ivan Beasley said: ‘Throughout the trial and although agreeing they were present, each defendant denied being involved in the attack which took Kyle’s life.

‘However, the jury rightly saw through these lies.

‘This is a tragic case because not only did Kyle lose his life but his friends and family have also been significantly affected.

‘Those responsible for Kyle’s death chose to behave in an appalling manner with no regard for his life.

‘These were two separate groups of former friends who fell out over something as small as a push bike and the defendants’ response was to attack a young man with knives.’  

Source: MailOnline

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