Two gangsters guilty of murdering schoolgirl in Hoxton chicken shop
PUBLISHED: 11:25 12 April 2011 | UPDATED: 13:08 12 April 2011
Pair to be sentenced later on today.
Two gangsters who murdered an innocent 16 year-old girl with a submachine gun in a drive-by shooting are both facing life sentences today.
Leon Dunkley and Mohammed Smoured, both 22, shot Agnes Sina-Inakoju in the neck as they casually cycled past a chicken takeaway in Hoxton.
They were both senior figures in the notorious London Fields Boys gang.
Detectives believe they carried out the shooting of Agnes Sina-Inakoju in revenge after a senior figure in the ‘LF’ was beaten up by rivals from Hoxton.
Tragically Agnes just happened to be in the Hoxton Chicken and Pizza shop that the gang chose for their reprisal. She died two days later in hospital.
A witness later told how Smoured joked: ‘It was funny the way she dropped.’
Both Dunkley, the gunman, and Smoured, the lookout, were convicted of murder after a trial at the Old Bailey.
Dwayne Wisdom, just 16 at the time of the murder, and a boy then aged 15 who cannot be named, were convicted of firearms charges relating to a stash of guns kept by the London Fields Boys.
They included the murder weapon, an Agram 2000 9mm submachine gun used by Croatian special forces, and four other guns, including a Mac 10 submachine gun, stored under a nine year-old boy’s bed.
The Mac 10 is capable of firings 9mm rounds at a blistering 1100 rounds per minute.
The Agram 2000 had been used in six previous incidents including an attempted murder in September 2009. The Mac 10 had been used four times since 2007, and had been discharged in Fellows Court, Hoxton, two days before the murder.
Dunkley and Smoured will be sentenced this afternoon.
Members of the London Fields gang promoted their love of gangs, guns and violence on Facebook and their mobile phones.
Dunkley, known by the street name as ‘Bacon’, was well known to police and had stood trial for a courthouse brawl a year earlier but was acquitted.
Smoured came to the UK from Algeria at the age of six and failed to get any qualifications or a job.
In 2009 he was released from prison after serving a sentence for supplying class A drugs.
Smoured accepted he was a member of the gang and had posted pictures of himself making ‘L’ shapes on the social networking site.
Both he and Wisdom, now 17, used the name ‘Fields’ in their Facebook profile names. The younger boy had also uploaded a picture of guns to the site and had a custom-made t-shirt with the letters ‘LF’ and ‘E8’ on the chest.
The trial was based on the evidence of a 16 year-old former member of the London Fields gang who went to police for help after being threatened to keep quiet.
He told the jury that there had been a history of trouble between his gang and the Hoxton Boys.
On April 11, 2010, a senior member of the gang had been beaten up in Crondall Street, Hoxton.
Three days later on April 14 the 16 year-old witness overheard Dunkley and Smoured receiving a call on a mobile phone.
Prosecutor Simon Denison said: ‘He heard them saying some boys were in a shop in Hoxton.
‘We know he has told the truth about that in the sense the police found [the gang member] had been beaten up at that time, just around the corner of the Chicken and Pizza shop.
‘Given the gang warfare that had been ongoing, could a beating up be allowed to go without an immediate response?’
Jurors heard Agnes lived with her family in Hoxton and was popular and successful at the local Haggerston School.
At around 7.15pm she and her friends went to the Hoxton Chicken and Pizza Shop in Hoxton Road to order a pizza.
She was standing inside next to the window when Dunkley and Smoured rode past.
Prosecutor Simon Denison QC said: ‘Two young men on bicycles wearing hoodies cycled up to that window.
‘One of them calmly took out a gun, pointed it towards the window where Agnes and her friends were and fired.
‘It was very quick. He didn’t even stop his bicycle. He didn’t pause to see who was in the shop or to aim at anyone in particular.
‘The bullet hit Agnes in the neck and she collapsed immediately.’
He added: ‘It was as callous and cold-blooded as it could be, carried out in broad daylight in a busy street in Hoxton.
‘Agnes Sina-Inakoju appears to have been the innocent victim of an ongoing rivalry between gangs in that part of London.
‘The gun that was used to kill her was one of a number of guns that lay in the hands of a gang that were rivals of a gang in Hoxton.’
Fortunately one passer-by was later able to identify Dunkley as the gunman thanks to his acne-scarred face.
The murder weapon was recovered a week later when a police officer spotted Wisdom, then aged 16, running away from him with a rucksack.
In the chase the bag was thrown over a wall into a garden. It contained both the 9mm sub-machine gun and a converted Umarex Walther P99 self loading pistol with ammunition.
His phone contained pictures of a London Field’s street sign, the letters ‘L’ and ‘F’ made out of money, diamond encrusted weapons and a chilling photograph of the ‘LF’ sign taken at a graveyard.
The prosecution key witness was arrested for drugs offences after police received a tip off.
He later told officers how Dunkley dropped off his jacket after the shooting. Tests revealed the presence of gunshot residue.
His information also led to the recovery of weapons from the home of a 15 year-old member of the gang, under a bunkbed he shared with his nine year-old brother
They included a loaded Mac 10 sub-machine gun, a loaded shotgun with ammunition and a loaded .38 revolver.
Dunkley, of Kenninghall Road, Hackney, and Smoured, of Hopwood Walk, Hackney, both denied murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger lifeand were convicted of both charges.
Wisdom, now 17, Graham Road, Hackney, was convicted of possession of a 9mm sub-machine gun with intent to endanger life, possession of a prohibited firearm, possession of an imitation firearm in a public place and assisting an offender by moving the firearm involved in the murder.
The 16 year-old boy, also from Hackney, was cleared of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, relating to the 9mmm sub-machine gun and three counts of possession of a prohibited firearm, the converted Mac 10, a BBM Olympic .38 revolver and a 9mm pistol, and possession of a shotgun without a certificate.
He was convicted of the possession of a prohibited weapon relating to the 9mm submachine gun.