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Boys sentenced for hiding Agnes murder guns

Agnes Sina-Inakoju
Image caption Agnes was shot in the neck in a takeaway shop in Hackney

Two boys convicted of hiding guns used in the murder of a 16-year-old girl have been sentenced.

Agnes Sina-Inakoju was shot in the neck at Hoxton Chicken and Pizza Shop in Hackney, east London, in April 2010.

Dwayne Wisdom, 17, from Hackney, who was also convicted of assisting an offender by moving the firearm, was sentenced to a minimum of 10 years.

The second boy, aged 16, who cannot be named, was spared detention because he was 15 at the time of the murder.

The judge said the minimum term for firearms offences did not apply in his case.

Hidden in bedroom

The boy, who was convicted of one count of possession of a prohibited firearm, was given a three-year youth rehabilitation order and ordered to do 40 hours of unpaid work.

Wisdom was found guilty of assisting an offender, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of an imitation firearm.

Both teenagers held weapons on behalf of older members of the London Fields gang, the court heard.

Image caption Dwayne Wisdom was sentenced to 10 years

Agnes, who had been hoping to go to Oxford University, was shot as she waited for her food order.

She was the innocent victim of gang fighting when two members of the London Fields gang targeted the shop believing members of the rival Hoxton Boys would be there, the Old Bailey jury heard.

The court heard the younger boy - who has spent 190 days in detention - hid the gun in the bedroom he shared with his nine-year-old brother.

Judge Peter Beaumont, the Recorder of London, told the youth that he had never been a member of the London Fields gang, unlike Wisdom.

The judge said: "You have already paid a heavy price for your involvement.

"You were 15 years old at the time of the commission of the offence and for that reason the minimum sentence provisions of the Firearms Act do not apply."

Wisdom, who was excluded from three schools and broke several court orders over drugs offences, had shown no remorse, the judge said.

Image caption Agnes was shot with this submachine gun

His "misguided loyalty to the London Fields gang" led to him being involved in several fights while in custody, the court heard.

The judge told him: "You have not accepted, in terms of remorse, any responsibility for your behaviour."

But Isabella Forshall, for Wisdom, said he had "shown real signs that he is repudiating the style of life that he had enthusiastically adopted".

Leon Dunkley, 22, and Mohammed Smoured, 21, both from Hackney, were jailed for life in April for a minimum of 32 years for her murder.

Another 17-year-old, who cannot be named, was given a rehabilitation order after admitting drugs and firearms charges.

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