Four plead guilty over mob killing

Four men have admitted they were involved in killing a schoolboy in front of hundreds of rush-hour commuters at a London underground station.

Lewis Sinclair, Olawale Olaribigbe, Selassie Ahiaku, and Melvin Mensah, all 18, said they were present when 15-year-old Sofyen Belamouadden was chased and stabbed by a gang of 20 youths at London's Victoria Station in March last year.

The quartet had been due to face trial over the attack for conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm, but prosecutors yesterday said there was "no longer a sufficient case to prosecute" and accepted pleas on a count of violent disorder.

The four will now face sentence on 14 October.

Only Victoria Osoteku, 19, will stand trial next month accused of murder, conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm and violent disorder. Another youth, who is ill and cannot be named for legal reasons, also faces a murder charge. Higor Mampuya, 18, was cleared of all charges yesterday.

Three youths have already been convicted of murder and a further three were found guilty of manslaughter in two trials held at the Old Bailey earlier this year.

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