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East London teenager who murdered boy, 16, with a bike saddle jailed for 17 years

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A teenager who murdered a 16-year-old boy by beating him with a bike saddle before being caught on CCTV demonstrating how he carried out the attack has been jailed for 17 years.

Ignas Stauryla, 18, from Shackleton Way, Newham, was sentenced to 17 and a half years in prison on Friday (June 2) after being found guilty of the brutal murder of Shanur Ahmed in March of last year.

He was also found guilty of possession of an offensive weapon and pleaded guilty to two counts of affray and one count of ABH.

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Five other men were also sentenced for their roles leading up to and linked to the murder, the full details of their sentencing you can find below.

On March 3, 2020 a DLR driver pulling out of Gallions Reach station in Newham saw what he thought looked like a body on nearby wasteland.

Police were called and officers attended alongside the London Ambulance Service who confirmed that the male was already deceased.

The body was later identified as 16-year-old Shanur Ahmed, who had been reported missing by his father the previous evening after failing to return home.

A post-mortem examination revealed the cause of death as a head injury caused by blunt force trauma.

A police investigation linked the death to incidents that occurred between two groups of teenagers the previous day.

Just before 5pm the six defendants were captured on CCTV carrying out a violent attack on a 17-year-old at a bus stop on Prince Regents Lane, Plaistow.

The victim required stitches for a head injury sustained by a weapon wielded by one of the group.

Later the same night just before 8pm the groups were spotted again by a bus driver near Gallions Reach DLR station.

Footage from the bus’s external cameras showed the six defendants chasing another group of six teenagers, of which Shanur Ahmed was one.

Although the attack itself wasn’t captured on CCTV, it did show Stauryla chasing Shanur and the two of them heading towards the place where his body was found the next morning.

Another CCTV camera also captured the six defendants walking away from the area, with Stauryla appearing to demonstrate how he had carried out the murder.

Footage also indicated Stauryla had been carrying some kind of weapon as he chased Shanur.

Shanur Ahmed was just 16 when he was killed

A search by officers located a saddle on the wasteland which is believed to have been used in the fatal attack.

DCI Laurence Smith, who led the murder investigation, said: “Shanur was just 16 and had his whole life ahead of him when it was cruelly taken away by another teenager in an act of needless violence.

“The ongoing dispute between the two groups culminated in this tragic outcome which has left another family grieving and with a hole in their lives that they will never fill.”

Here is the full list of the five other teenagers, all from E16 Newham, who were also sentenced for their roles in incidents leading to and linked to the murder:

  • Yusuf Jennah, 19, of Shackleton Way, was sentenced to 15 months after pleading guilty to two counts of affray and one count of ABH.
  • Nick Janarauskas, 18, of Magellan Boulevard, was sentenced to 12 months after pleading guilty to two counts of affray and one count of ABH.
  • Ibrahim Khamis, 19, of Plymouth Road, was sentenced to 14 months after pleading guilty to two counts of affray and one count of ABH.
  • Sadiq Abubakar, 18, of Shackleton Way, was sentenced to 15 months in jail after pleading guilty to two counts of affray and one count of ABH.
  • Michael Mendes, 19, of Pacific Road, was sentenced to 11 months after pleading guilty to one count of affray and one count of ABH.

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