Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Six Guilty of Teenager's Vicious Murder

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Six Guilty of Teenager's Vicious Murder

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Byline: PAUL CHESTON

SIX MEN faced life imprisonment at the Old Bailey today for stabbing a teenager to death, thanks to a breakthrough police inquiry into black murders.

Four months after the still unsolved murder of Damilola Taylor, detectives finally succeeded in breaking down the barriers of suspicion erected against them by the black community in Peckham.

The victim, 18-year-old DJ Marcus Hall, was killed in a street battle after a show by controversial band So Solid Crew. He had been fatally wounded but his face was still slashed in a "goodbye gesture".

Mr Hall had arrived too late to be admitted to the Atmosphere club, Luton.

Violence errupted as clubgoers spilled onto the streets in the early hours and Mr Hall was left with nine stab wounds in the back and a fractured skull.

Bedfordshire police launched their largest and most costly murder inquiry but were confronted initially by a wall of silence in the victim's community. …

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