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Schoolboy Zac Olumegbon 'hounded and stabbed' by gang

Zac Olumegbon
Image caption Zac was stabbed outside his school in July 2010

A 15-year-old boy was hounded by a gang and stabbed to death as he arrived at school, the Old Bailey has heard.

Zac Olumegbon, 15, from Brixton Hill, south London, was attacked at the gates of Park Campus School in West Norwood in July 2010.

He was stabbed four times, two of the wounds piercing his heart, jurors heard.

Two 17-year-olds, a 16-year-old and a 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, deny murdering Zac.

"He found himself hounded down and killed," said Edward Brown QC, prosecuting.

"He had only just arrived at his school that morning. He was killed a matter of metres from it."

Young gangs

Each of the defendants was armed with a knife and had deliberately been driven to the school to attack Zac, the Old Bailey heard.

"Another young boy was injured in the confrontation but all the signs were that Zac was the "prime target", said Mr Brown.

"The reality of the events that were to lead to Zac's death is that it had its origin in the dreadful but certain fact of rivalry between young gangs," he added.

Describing the rivalry as "needless posturing", Mr Brown said: "It was a tragic and terrible waste of a young life."

Mr Brown said the defendants were members of the GAS (Guns And Shanks) gang from Brixton.

Zac was associated with the rival TN1 (Trust No-One) gang from Tulse Hill, the jury heard.

"Zac was a member of it and was known as Little Zac," said Mr Brown.

The case continues.

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