A gang of five youths have been convicted of the murder of another teenager last year.
Five teens including Victor Maibvisira, 19, Ephrain Akinwunmi-Streets, 17, Shezakia Daley, 17, Tyler Ralph, 17, and Jordan Dania, 16, were on Friday convicted of the murder of Teen Kyle Yule after he was punched, kicked and stabbed in the horrific bashing in Gillingham, Kent, last year – the gang attacking him “like vultures” after falling out over a push bike.
The defenceless young man was left screaming for help as he was stabbed on the front doorstep of his best friend’s home.
A witness told officers the group chasing him “were on him like vultures, kicking and punching him”.
Another said the group all had their hoods up, were stamping on him, and that they could hear him shouting “that’s enough V, V stop” and “help, help that’s enough V, leave V”.
The attack on the evening of October 6 last year was triggered by a stolen bike and followed several violent clashes between two gangs of teenage boys known as C4 and G10 in the Medway towns.
His mother Nikki Yule, who sat through the trial, today paid tribute to her son, remembering him as a “beautiful, kind hearted, funny boy”.
Speaking after the trial, the mum said: “Words cannot express the devastating loss of my precious son Kyle. His death has broken my heart.”
The cycle theft was said to be the “final insult” for 19-year-old Victor Maibvisira.
A court was told the 19-year-old “gathered his troops” and, having “tooled up”, attacked Kyle as “payback” for a split lip he had suffered in an earlier confrontation with one of the teen’s friends.
A jury at Maidstone Crown Court in Kent also heard from witnesses who described hearing Kyle screaming for help and for his mum as he was viciously attacked with a machete.
He was also heard shouting out to Maibvisira, referring to him by his tag name of Vee, that he had had “enough” and to stop the attack.
- Kyle Yule, 17, was beaten and stabbed outside his best friend’s home in Kent
- Five youths have been convicted of Kyle’s murder following an eight-week trial
- One of the gang was filmed on an iPhone brandishing a range of knives
- Killer Victor Maibvisira warned Kyle and his friend to ‘get his coffin ready’
The hooded and masked teenagers, who acted together in total silence, then fled on foot or bikes, leaving a stricken Kyle telling those trying to save his life that he knew he was dying.
He had been pounced upon by his killers, one aged just 15 at the time, as he sat in a Renault Clio in East Street at about 8pm. They smashed the windscreen and a side window and slashed a tyre, forcing Kyle to flee.
The gang, described by onlookers as acting as if they were “possessed”, gave chase and within seconds had punched him to the ground and knifed him five times.
His mum revealed her agony at the death of her 17-year-old son in a tribute:
Words cannot express the devastating loss of my precious son Kyle. His death has broken my heart and my children are broken without their big brother.
Kyle was a beautiful, kind hearted, funny boy. He was my best friend. He was extremely popular, brightening up people’s day, often the centre of attention and making everyone laugh. He was a fantastic big brother, grandson and son. He was very much loved and is so dearly missed.
Aside from losing Kyle, attending this trial is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to experience. I’ve had to listen to the awful detail of what they all did to my boy.
I want to say a particular thank you to the witnesses, many of them only teenagers, who have shown remarkable courage in standing up to these defendants and giving evidence. These young witnesses saw my son being murdered and now have that shocking memory that will live with them forever.
I hold my hands up to my family and friends that got me through this awful ordeal. To the girls that gave up their days to support me at court, to my sister-in-law and brother that were very close to Kyle who have had to relive this nightmare with me. To my mum and dad who literally held me together in those first few months. Without any of their help and support I wouldn’t have got through this nightmare.
I want to say thank you to the police who did an excellent job in identifying and finding these murderers so quickly and to Victim Support for all their help throughout this process.
Finally I want to say, 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.
Quite simply knife crime destroys lives.