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Two teenagers jailed for Manslaughter of Ezekiel Amous

September 25, 2012, 2:04 pm

Two teenagers convicted following the death of Ezekiel Amosu have today
been sentenced.

Ezekiel was just 17 when he died after he was chased into the path of a
bus in Forest Road, E17 on 24 January 2011.

Today at the Old Bailey, Cliff Perreira, 16, of Billet Road, Walthamstow
and 16-year-old Trae Hudson, of Cherry Road, Enfield, were sentenced to
a total of four years detention after they were convicted of Ezekiel’s
manslaughter.

In addition Hudson was sentenced to a further six months detention for
perverting the course of justice.

Two 16-year-old boys from the E17 area [A and B] and a 14-year-old boy
[E] from Chingford had previously been acquitted of manslaughter.

However, [E] was sentenced to a 12-month youth rehabilitation order for
perverting the course of justice. A prosecution witness, it emerged
during the trial that he had been in contact with Hudson and changed
evidence. The trial was temporarily halted and [E] and Hudson further
charged with perverting the course of justice.

The court heard that on the day of his death Ezekiel was with friends
inside the communal gardens of Essex Close, Forest Road, when they were
approached by a group of youths.

Ezeikel was so fearful of the group that he ran, terrified, into Forest
Road.

He was pursued by Perreira and Hudson who had armed themselves with a
stone and stick and chased into the path of a passing double-decker bus.

Ezekiel suffered massive head and chest injuries and died at the scene.
Perreira and Hudson immediately fled the scene.

Detective Chief Inspector John Sandlin, from the Homicide and Serious
Crime Command, said: “Those convicted of manslaughter and sentenced
today were found by a jury to be culpable for Ezekiel’s death.

“Their convictions for serious offences demonstrate the far-reaching and
tragic outcomes that can occur when young people engage in acts of
aggression. Along with a 14-year-old – who was just 13 at the time –
Hudson has also been convicted of perverting the course of justice
making matters even worse for Ezekiel’s devastated family.”

Ezekiel’s family today said: “Ezekiel was a talented young man who was
much-loved and respected by family and friends alike. He would have been
preparing to go to university had his life not been tragically cut short
in this way.

“Danger on the streets is created by fellow human beings who are out of
control and have no concern about the consequences of their actions.

“We pray the streets become safer and that there will be enough
deterrents for those who endanger life.

“We respectfully request that we may be left alone at this difficult
time.”

 
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