Men jailed for life for stabbing murder

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Two men were jailed for a minimum of 19 years today for stabbing a young father and running over his body.

Michael McCarthy, 19, was walking with his dog to the shops near his home in Yoakley Road, Stoke Newington, north London, in November, last year, when he was attacked.

Mustafa Demirtas stopped his car and approached him while passenger Julian Edwards ambushed Mr McCarthy and stabbed him seven times.

As they drove off, Demirtas drove over the body before fleeing at speed, the Old Bailey was told.

The revenge "assassination" was the latest incident in a feud involving drug dealers in the area.

Demirtas and Edwards, both 21 and of north London, were found guilty of murder.

Judge Peter Thornton jailed them for life with minimum terms of 19 years.

He told them: "In the words of his mother, Michael McCarthy was 'no angel', but he did not deserve to die. He was only 19."