Yemurai Kanyangarara death: Two guilty of bus stabbing

Osman Bangura (l) and Isaac Walters
Image caption Bangura and Walters will be sentenced in June

Two teenagers have been found guilty of killing a 16-year-old who was stabbed in front of passengers as he got off a bus in south-east London.

Yemurai Kanyangarara, 16, of Belvedere, was attacked seconds after getting off a 96 bus in Welling last July.

The Old Bailey heard the violence may have been connected to "ill-feeling" between pupils from two schools.

Osman Bangura, 16, was found guilty of murder and Isaac Walters, 15, was convicted of manslaughter.

A third boy, aged 16, was acquitted of murder.

The victim had been on the bus with a friend and had not realised they had been targeted as they passed the attackers on a bus in Bexleyheath, prosecutor Peter Finnigan QC said.

Image caption Yemurai was stabbed in the neck

The attackers, armed with two knives, got off their bus as soon they spotted the victim, the jury heard.

As Yemurai, who was a student of St Columba's Catholic Boys' School in Bexleyheath, got off the 96 bus he was surrounded and stabbed in the neck.

One of the attackers "walked right up to Yemurai and almost immediately could be seen to move his right arm from high to low in a decisive, forceful motion towards Yemurai's head," Mr Finnigan said.

Yemurai collapsed close to the bus stop and bled to death from the 3.5in (9cm) wound. Passengers tried to help him, but in vain.

The prosecutor said "Yemurai had no chance" as vital blood vessels in his neck were severed and he bled to death.

The court heard the murder weapon has not been found but officers recovered a second knife, containing the 15-year-old defendant's DNA, along the route the attackers took to flee from the scene.

Bangura from Peckham, and Walters, from Camberwell, both in south-east London, are due to be sentenced on 6 June.

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