Gang jailed over Stockwell community centre killing

Donald McNicol Image copyright Metropolitan Police
Image caption Donald McNicol was killed as he searched for jobs, the Old Bailey heard

Three youths who beat a man to death in an attack which lasted 45 seconds at a community centre in south-west London have been jailed.

Donald McNicol, 54, was attacked as he used a computer to look for jobs in Stockwell on 2 December last year

Brothers Monsur Rahman, 19, and Mamunoor Rahman, 18, were jailed for at least 11 years for murder at the Old Bailey.

Daniel Okello, 20, was sentenced to 10 years and six months for murder.

A fourth youth, Ibrahim Ford, 17, was detained for five and a half years for manslaughter.

The court heard Mr McNicol had a chair thrown at him and was repeatedly punched, leaving him crumpled on the floor with blood all over his face.

He suffered a serious brain injury and died in hospital two weeks later.

During the trial, prosecutor Sarah Whitehouse QC said: "The whole incident had taken about 45 seconds, perhaps a minute. It was very, very quick."

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Image caption Monsur Rahman, 19, and Daniel Okello, 20, rounded on Mr Nicol with the rest of the gang, the court heard

Divorced Mr McNicol used computers at Stockwell Park Community Centre in Aytoun Place to look for engineering jobs, the jury heard.

'Defenceless victim'

Judge John Bevan told the three defendants convicted of murder: "I am conscious that this was entirely unpremeditated and there was no intention to kill but it was a gratuitous uncontrolled attack to the head of a defenceless victim."

He added he was imposing the shortest sentence possible in the hope they could turn their lives around and "do something positive" to repair the damage they had done.

Addressing Okello, whose mother turned him in to police after he confessed to her, the judge said: "I feel very sorry for your mother for the appalling bind you have put her in. I only hope you feel the same."

Monsur Rahman of Church Road, Mitcham, Mamunoor Rahman of High Street, Croydon, Okello of Ambleside Avenue, Streatham, and Ford, of Bellefields Road, Stockwell, were all convicted on 1 October.

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Image caption Ibrahim Ford, 17, (left) was convicted of manslaughter, and Mamunoor Rahman, 18, of murder

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