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UPDATED WITH SENTENCES: Two convicted of the murder of Jaydon James

|News, Violent crime

Frank Ymele Kenfack, 18, and Abdirazac Hussein Abdi, 21, have been convicted of and jailed for the murder of 16-year-old Jaydon James, who was fatally stabbed on 24 November 2018 while out with friends in the Wood End area of Coventry. A third defendant, Bonani Ngozi, was acquitted of all charges. Kenfack was sentenced to 17 years' detention and Abdi to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 23 years.

The two defendants were found guilty today (10 November 2020) following a six-week trial at Warwick Crown Court, sitting in Leamington Spa.

Paul Farrow of the CPS said: "This conviction is a reminder of the tragic consequences of knife crime and the dangers posed by individuals who carry weapons. The defendants chose to carry knives, and their actions have robbed Jaydon James of his future and caused serious injury to two of his friends. I hope this conviction serves as a deterrent to those who consider arming themselves with weapons and makes them stop and think about the outcomes that may follow.

"Our thoughts are with Jaydon's family and friends at this time. The actions of these offenders have caused unimaginable pain to Jaydon's loved ones. While today's conviction can never replace what they have lost, I hope it provides some comfort that those responsible have been brought to justice."

 

Notes to editors

  • Paul Farrow is a Specialist Prosecutor at CPS West Midlands.
  • Sentencing:
    • Kenfack
      • Murder - 17 years' detention
      • Wounding with intent, contrary to section 18 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 - six years' detention concurrent to Count 1 
      • Wounding with intent, contrary to section 18 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 - six years' detention concurrent to Count 1
    • Abdi
      • Murder - life imprisonment, minimum term 23 years' imprisonment
      • Wounding with intent, contrary to section 18 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 - nine years' imprisonment concurrent to Count 1
      • Wounding with intent, contrary to section 18 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 - nine years' imprisonment concurrent to Count 1

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