Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

GUILTY: TOM'S KNIFE KILLERS; Thugs Who Took Life of City Lawyer Blamed for Fifth of Tube Robberies

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

GUILTY: TOM'S KNIFE KILLERS; Thugs Who Took Life of City Lawyer Blamed for Fifth of Tube Robberies

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Byline: PAUL CHESTON;RICHARD EDWARDS

TWO teenage thugs were convicted today of murdering City lawyer Tom ap Rhys Pryce.

Donnel Carty, 19, and 18-year-old Delano Brown face life sentences following the unanimous verdicts at the Old Bailey.

They will be sentenced tomorrow.

The 31-year-old solicitor was stabbed through the heart in Kensal Green in January and left to die yards from his home.

Mr ap Rhys Pryce, educated at Marlborough and at Trinity College, Cambridge, was highly rated at City firm Linklaters where he was known as "Mr Nice Guy", and had been due to marry in September.

After the verdicts, although Brown had given evidence against him in the witness box, Carty walked over and offered him a handshake. The killers then hugged in the dock.

Mr ap Rhys Pryce's family was not present today but his father John said he was "very pleased" with the verdicts. In a joint statement his family and that of fiancee Adele Eastman said: "Nothing can bring Tom back to us but we are pleased and grateful justice has been done." They added: "We hope that sentences given will send a message to other youths who are in the habit of carrying knives. It is imperative we stamp out the current knife culture in our cities."

Plans for Mr ap Rhys Pryce's wedding were scattered as the killers made off with his wallet, phone and Oyster card.

He died near his home in Bathurst Gardens, where fiancee Adele Eastman, of the Queen's solicitors Farrer & Co, was waiting. Carty and Brown also admitted attacking Indian restaurant chef Kurshid Ali at Kensal Green station 20 minutes earlier.

They were also convicted today of wounding one victim and stabbing a second with intent to cause GBH as part of a hoodie gang that three weeks earlier had gone "steaming" on trains, robbing passengers.

With one victim bleeding on the ground, Brown is caught on CCTV walking away with what he himself called "a smirk".

Brown admitted robbing Mr ap Rhys Pryce but denied murder and named co-defendant Carty as the killer. …

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