Two youths from Hackney have been sentenced for firearms offences associated with the murder of 16 year old student Agnes Agnes Sina-Inakoju who was hit by machine gun fire last year at Hoxton Chicken and Pizza in Hoxton Street.
She died two days after receiving a bullet wound to the neck on 14th April 2010. She had simply been visiting the takeaway with friends.
At the Central Criminal Court (Thursday 12th May) The Recorder of London, Judge Peter Beaumont, imposed a custodial sentence of 10 years on Dwayne McIntosh Wisdom, who is 17 years old and from Graham Road Hackney. He had been found guilty of assisting an offender, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of an imitation firearm.
Wisdom had been a member of the London Fields gang responsible for Agnes’s murder. It is one month to the day after 22 year old Leon Dunkley, from Kenninghall Road, and 21 year old Mohammed Smoured from Hopwood Walk were found guilty of Anges’ murder and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.
They received life sentences with a recommendation that they serve a minimum of 32 years.
Agnes had hoped to go to Oxford University and became the innocent victim of deadly submachine gunfire in gang warfare affecting this part of inner London.
The judge decided to spare an unnamed 16 year old youth from being sent to detention. He was 15 years old at the time and had stored the murder weapon in the bedroom he shared with his nine-year-old brother. The judge said he was not and never had been a member of the London Fields gang responsible for Agnes’s murder: “You have already paid a heavy price for your involvement.”
He had been convicted of firearm possession last month and today was given a three-year youth rehabilitation order including a series of supervision requirements and 40 hours of unpaid work.
The judge told Wisdom that he had been entrusted with looking after firearms used in “gang warfare committed in residential streets in London.”
You have not accepted, in terms of remorse, any responsibility for your behaviour. You show no awareness of how that impacted on Agnes’s family and the wider community.
Detective Chief Inspector John Crossley, from Trident, said “We are pleased with the sentences imposed today. It sends out a clear message to those involved in gun crime.”
Hackney’s Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Steve Bending, said:
Those convicted today have committed a crime that is as reckless as it is cowardly. They are each condemned by every right-minded person for playing their part in taking the innocent life of Agnes , a young lady with her whole life ahead of her. I know that all our thoughts are with Agnes’s family, as those responsible are sent to prison to face the consequences of their actions.