Former Stevenage resident found guilty of murder
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A man was found guilty of murder on Tuesday after stabbing a man and leaving him to die next to a children’s play area.
Allan Kalema, 19, previously of Round Mead, Stevenage, is the sixth man to appear at the Old Bailey for his involvement in the killing of Andrew Jaipaul in north London in 2011.
Mr Jaipaul, 21, was killed in what the Metropolitan Police described as a “brutal murder” by rival gang members, who were associates of Kalema - living in Cardinal’s Way, London, before the trial.
Mr Jaipaul was chased by a mob of approximately 30 people carrying knives and broken glass. He was stabbed 25 times.
In a statement issued by the victim’s family, his mother Joanna Jaipaul said: “He was a loving and loved son, brother and a loyal friend to many.
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“It is very difficult to put into words the enormous loss and grief that the family feel. That grief is totally overwhelming.”
Another man, Tony Walker, was acquitted of murder but found guilty of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.
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Although there was no forensic evidence linking anyone to the attack, detectives identified members of the gang by analysing CCTV footage and eyewitness evidence.
The two men will be sentenced at the Old Bailey tomorrow..