The killers of 16-year-old Ben Kinsella were jailed for life yesterday. Juress Kika, 19, Jade Braithwaite, 18, and Michael Alleyne, 20, from London, were told they would serve minimum terms of 19 years each after being convicted of murder.
They will be in youth custody until they are 21 and then transferred to adult jail. The judge at the Old Bailey, the Common Serjeant of London, Brian Barker, heard that the three had received letters from the prison service which are usually sent to inmates who are in fear of retaliation attacks. Often such prisoners stay in solitary confinement. Braithwaite's lawyer told the court he understood he was a "marked man". Ben's sister, the former EastEnders actress Brooke Kinsella, 25, said after the sentencing: "It's good enough but it is little more than Ben lived, so it is not really enough." There was loud cheering and shouts of "bye bye" from the public gallery where dozens of Ben's friends and family gathered as the killers were taken down.