A youth sobbed and wiped tears away with his sleeve as he was detained for 13 years for the murder of Folajimi Orebiyi in Notting Hill .
The 15-year-old cried in the dock with his head bowed as a judge detained him at Her Majesty’s pleasure, the equivalent of life imprisonment, with a minimum of 13 years for murder at the Old Bailey on Friday.
He had been found guilty of stabbing to death his 17-year-old victim, known affectionately as Fola , at the same court in January.
The public gallery at the same court was packed for the sentencing hearing on Friday (February 10), and the victim’s family sat in silence as the details of Fola’s final moments were retold.
He was ambushed and stabbed on Portobello Road on Sunday July 3 last year after going to an estate for what he thought would be a fist fight to settle a dispute.
His killer, who cannot be named for legal reasons, stabbed him twice before running away, leaving his collapsed victim to bleed to death in the street in front of shocked witnesses , before disposing of the blade and clothes he was wearing.
During the trial , which also saw a 17-year-old youth acquitted of murder, the court had been told that the killing was the result of a long-running dispute.
Prosecutor Tim Cray said: “The cause of the trouble that led to the stabbing seems to have been trivial, compared to the harm that came from it.”
In the weeks before, one of Fola’s friends had a fight with the 15-year-old defendant and insults were hurled, he said.
Mr Cray said: “On the Sunday night, Fola and his friends ran into the defendants and their friends near the Portobello Road.
“Fola thought that the dispute was going to be sorted out by a fist fight and they all went to a location off the main roads.”
But Fola did not know that the 15-year-old was armed with a knife which “took this incident up to a whole different league of trouble”, Mr Cray said.
He told jurors: “It turned out that this wasn’t so much a fight as an ambush where, within seconds, Fola was singled out and stabbed to death.”
Passing sentence, Judge Anthony Bate told the young defendant that his carrying a knife in a public street was a “disturbing feature of the case”.
Lisa Wilding QC, defending, said the stabbing was “a tragic, senseless and needless death which arose because of the most trivial of circumstances”.
She said the defendant was a vulnerable young boy from a dysfunctional family.
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