Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Ben Ran into Three Cowards. They Were Older Than Him, Bigger Than Him and Armed with Knives. He Had No Chance at All' Murderers of Ben Face Life Behind Bars

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Ben Ran into Three Cowards. They Were Older Than Him, Bigger Than Him and Armed with Knives. He Had No Chance at All' Murderers of Ben Face Life Behind Bars

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Byline: Shenai Raif

THREE youths today face life sentences after being found guilty of the brutal killing of Ben Kinsella, the 16-year-old brother of actress Brooke Kinsella.

Juress Kika, 19, Jade Braithwaite, 18, and Michael Alleyne, 20, were convicted of murder yesterday at the Old Bailey.

After being led into court in handcuffs, the three Londoners were remanded in custody for sentencing today.

Ben and his friends had been to a bar to celebrate the end of their GCSE exams when a row broke out in Islington, north London, on June 29 last year.

Although the confrontation had nothing to do with him, he was chased along the street with others - and stabbed to death when he stopped running.

Ben was stabbed 11 times in five seconds by the three youths in revenge for the "disrespect" shown to Braithwaite earlier.

Former EastEnders actress Brooke Kinsella, 25, sat with her fingers crossed and burst into tears after the verdict.

Her parents George and Deborah shouted "yes" and wept as they were supported by other family members.

It was the end of a tense six-week trialwhich they attended each day..

Outside court, they were greeted by around 30 friends and family, who applauded them, including family friend Linda Robson, star of Birds Of A Feather.

Miss Kinsella, who had appealed to youngsters to come forward and help police, said: "I am overjoyed. It's awful, awful, but we got all we needed - it's justice. There is never going to be enough justice but we have got it now." Mrs Kinsella, 46, told the judge: "The people who murdered him knew nothing about our Ben, not a hair on his head, a bone in his body, not anything about our wonderful son.

"They had never met him before or spoken to him, they just cruelly took his life away with knives for no apparent reason. …

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