A teenager has been found guilty of murdering a schoolboy drill rapper in an attack which was filmed and shared on social media.
The 17-year-old killer, who cannot be named, knifed Jordan Douherty, 15, after a birthday party descended into violence in Romford.
Two boys, aged 16 and 17, were found guilty of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm with intent against Jordan – who performed under the name Young Valenti. A fourth person, William Nayya-Welly, 20, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice before the trial.
They will be all sentenced next year.
The court heard police were called to a town community centre on 23 June to disperse crowds following a 16th birthday party there
Duncan Atkinson, prosecuting, said: “The evidence shows that a confrontation took place in Clockhouse Lane that resulted in Jordan Douherty being pursued and chased by a large group of young males.
“These events unfolded suddenly, unexpectedly and at considerable speed.
“From this large group, a smaller young group of males then surrounded Jordan at a time when he fell to the ground. The members of that group proceeded to inflict punches and stamps on him.”
He added Jordan suffered two “catastrophic” knife wounds to the heart during the attack.
Detective Chief Inspector Larry Smith, of the Met Police, said: “It is unbelievable the celebration of a 16th birthday should lead to the death of a teenage boy.
“Jordan Douherty was stabbed to death for absolutely no reason while he lay helpless on the floor.
“There is not a modicum of justification for this brutal killing and my heart goes out to Jordan’s family, who have been devastated by his death. The heartache for the family is a sentence that lasts forever.
“Those who carry knives must understand this is not a game, there is not a reset button and you cannot erase the consequences of using a knife.
“Young men are spending the best years of their lives in prison, while the friends they sought to impress slowly forget about them.”
After the verdicts were given, Judge Anthony Bate revealed his attention had been drawn to the public gallery earlier in the week due to the presence of a large number of people.
“I understand their presence was not altogether benign,” he said. “One of them was arrested having been found in possession of a knife.”
He added security staff had seized the 10 inch blade at the entrance to the court’s public area.