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Masked thug, 18, who stabbed man to death in ‘horrendous’ attack is jailed

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An 18-year-old thug who stabbed a man to death as part of a masked gang of five has been jailed.

Rayshawn Collins pleaded guilty to manslaughter, conspiracy to commit robbery, grievous bodily harm and possession of a blade in relation to the death of Joao Ricardo Gomes on May 13, 2017.

Collins was sentenced at the Old Bailey to 7 years and 6 months in prison on October 12.

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Four other men were sentenced in connection to the attack which occurred on Hertford Road.

Thierry Edusei, 19, was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to violent disorder.

Joao Ricardo Gomes was leaving a music venue when the violent attack occurred

18-year-old Mark Carroll pled guilty to violent disorder and was sentenced to 21 months’ imprisonment.

Dean Townsend, 21, was sentenced to 21 months’ imprisonment after also pleading guilty to violent disorder.

18-year-old Ives Kabengele was sentenced to a 12-month detention training order.

Joao Ricardo Gomes left a music venue on Hertford Road at 10.30pm on May 13 2017.

He was with 10 friends and a large group of people left the venue at the same time because the event was closed down.

Seven of the friends headed to the bus stop, while Joao and two other friends returned to the venue to seek a refund.

At the bus stop, the group were surrounded by a mask-wearing gang who tried to take their bags.

They resisted and, in response, the attackers showed they were carrying large knives.

Joao and his two friends returned to the group to help and the violence escalated.

Some managed to run away while Joao remained at the scene.

One victim ran away but was kicked, punched, and stabbed with a knife but their injuries were not life-threatening.

Another victim, unknown to the group, tried to prevent an attack on Joao and received a knife injury to the arm.

Joao was then stabbed in the chest and, despite the best efforts of the emergency services, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The men sentenced were identified after a police investigation using CCTV, witnesses and phone evidence.

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Detective Sergeant Paul Pringle, from the Metropolitan Police’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “This violent and horrendous attack has led to a young life being needlessly lost and two others being seriously harmed due to knife crime on our streets.

“We hope this result at least brings some comfort to Joao’s family Knowing that those responsible for this death have been held to account.

“They have shown great dignity and courage throughout the long investigation process. Our thoughts remain with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

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