Hoodies Escape Charges on Death of Tower-Fall Boy

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Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Correspondent

A GANG suspected of chasing a teenager moments before he plunged to his death from a tower block have escaped prosecution, an inquest heard today.

Ahmed Benyermak, 16, fell 60ft after he tried to flee the youths by scaling the outside of the building in Hackney -- despite being afraid of heights.

A coroner returned a verdict of accidental death on the model pupil after hearing police had been unable to bring charges against any of the suspects.

The inquest in Poplar heard that Ahmed had been with friends on the 14th floor of the tower block near his home in August 2008.

They spotted six youths in hoodies riding bikes near the building and, fearing the gang was pursuing some of Ahmed's friends, they ran away.

Detective Inspector Jimi Teli told the inquest some used the lift or stairs but Ahmed, despite a fear of heights, tried to escape down the outside of the building after climbing over an open balcony on the 14th floor. …