Teenagers who lured schoolboy into 'Trojan Horse' trap before stabbing him to death jailed

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  • June 20, 2020
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Two teenagers found guilty of murdering a Newham schoolboy have been sentenced to a combined 25 years in prison.

Michael Irving, 15, was killed by the two teenage boys in Stratford, east London in September last year.

The attackers stabbed Irving, from Woolwich, four times, including once in the heart.

The pair, aged 17 and 16, were sentenced over the murder at the Old Bailey on Friday, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement on Saturday.

During the trial, the court heard how Michael was lured to his death as part of a plan sinisterly executed by the two teens.

Michael was lured into a “Trojan Horse” trap on the evening of September 3 last year by boys he thought were his friends, the Old Bailey was told.

Michael, who had learning difficulties, was meanwhile described as a popular and well-liked boy who could be easily led.

Sentencing them on Friday, Judge Martin Edmunds QC said both defendants had “murder in mind”.

The older defendant felt “disrespected” by rumours that Michael had made a sexual approach to his sister.

But the judge said: “No motive could justify such a cold-blooded plan.

“This was an attack on an unsuspecting 15-year-old you knew to be vulnerable. This was a sustained attack.”

Commenting on the sentencing, Michael’s mother, Leisa, said: “I am pleased that justice has been served on the youths that killed my son, Michael, nothing will bring my son back but at least these two youths will not be able to plan and kill any other children in the near future.”

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Wrigley, who led the investigation into the case, added: “It is never a good day when two teenagers are sentenced for murder, however, both of those imprisoned are callous in nature and unremorseful about violently taking away Michael’s life.

“We can only hope that Michael’s family, who have remained dignified throughout this traumatic process, can take the smallest degree of comfort that the criminal process is now complete.

“They will continue to have our support as they continue to grieve for a son lost to violence.”