Teenagers accused of 'honey trap' murder
Tuesday 21 April 2009
A 16-year-old boy was set upon by a gang of teenagers, beaten with a baseball bat, stabbed and left to die after being lured into a honey trap orchestrated by his love rival, the Old Bailey heard yesterday.
Shakilus Townsend was murdered by members of a masked gang last year after a 15-year-old girl led him into a quiet cul-de-sac in Thornton Heath, south London, a jury was told.
The girl's boyfriend, Danny McLean, allegedly arranged the attack on 3 July after he learnt that his girlfriend had been involved in a month-long fling with Shakilus.
When the pair arrived in the area, the attackers were waiting for Shakilus and chased him as the girl kept in touch with Mr McLean on his mobile phone, the court was told. Jurors heard how the murder had been planned meticulously and executed with "consummate skill and cunning".
Opening the case for the prosecution, Brian Altman, QC, said: "It is clear that he had come to learn of her deception and, by way of recompense, she agreed to set up the hapless Shakilus Townsend in a honey trap with a lethal and tragic twist. She was more than up to the task."
Shakilus died the next day as a result of a wound to his chest, which had "raked" across his liver, causing a massive loss of blood, the court heard.
Mr McLean, 18, and Tyrell Ellis, 19, both from Thornton Heath, and Andre Johnson-Haynes, who is 18 and from Croydon, south London, deny murder. The girl, who is now 16, and three youths aged 17, have also pleaded not guilty to the charge. The trial continues.
Germanwings plane crash: Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz 'sought treatment for eyesight problems'
Saudi Arabia says it won't rule out building nuclear weapons
The battle for the Middle East's future begins in Yemen as Saudi Arabia jumps into the abyss
#FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
Yemen crisis: Saudi Arabia ready for long campaign against Houthi rebels across the border
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
Germanwings plane crash: Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz wanted to 'do something people would remember him for'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 1 Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with 'topics' as country reforms its education system
- 2 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 3 Watch: Man takes selfie every mile of 2,600 mile hike, creates amazing timelapse video
- 4 The day I starred in Only Fools and Horses
- 5 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories