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Kwame Ofosu-Asare murder: Two teenagers detained

Two teenagers have been given life terms for the murder of a schoolboy.

Kwame Ofosu-Asare, 17, was stabbed while he was walking through the Moorlands Estate in Brixton, south London, in March.

The Old Bailey heard two youths involved in a "poisonous and senseless" gang war had mistaken him for one of their enemies.

Nelson Idiabeta, 18, and Nathaniel Okusanya, 19, were convicted of murder following a trial.

'Poisonous feud'

Judge Richard Marks ordered Idiabeta, of no fixed address, should serve a minimum term of 19 years and Okusanya, from Lambeth, must serve 20 years.

Kwame, from Catford in south-east London, was stabbed repeatedly in the back and received a total of 14 wounds while walking in Adelaide Close with a friend.

Judge Marks said: "It was Kwame's misfortune to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Image caption Nathaniel Okusanya, left, and Nelson Idiabeta were found guilty of Kwame's murder

"Neither of you has shown one iota of remorse for what you did."

Crispin Aylett QC, prosecuting, told jurors: "Kwame's death was but a part of a poisonous and senseless feud between two rival gangs of youths in south London."

He said Kwame was not a member of either gang. He had been to a recording studio in the area.

Kwame's father Kwaku, a sports journalist, told the court in a statement his son was full of potential.

He was in the sixth form of Forest Hill School and excelled in sport, music and acting and had great ambitions to make something of his life, he said.

Mr Ofosu-Asare said: "Kwame was a very vibrant, energetic and enthusiastic boy.

"His brother and sister are struggling to cope with his death. All our lives have been ruined."

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