Victoria Osoteku, a Nigerian has been sentenced to 12 years in prison in the UK for organising the killing of a 15-year-old schoolboy, Sofyen Belamouadden at Victoria Station on Facebook and kicking him as he lay bleeding to death.
Victoria had just turned 18 when she used Facebook to invite a 20-strong mob armed with an array of weapons to hunt down Sofyen, 15, in front of hundreds of horrified rush hour commuters at the busy London train station. She also bought the £3.99 Argos knife set used to stab Sofyen at least nine times in front of commuters.
Now 20, Victoria has been found guilty of manslaughter and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm. She had earlier claimed she just ‘nudged’ him with her foot ‘to see if he was okay’.
She is the 13th person – and only female – to be sentenced for Sofyen’s ‘merciless’ killing in March 2010 which was the result of ‘simmering tensions’ between students at a sixth form college in Ladbroke Grove, west London, and Sofyen’s fellow pupils at Henry Compton School, in Fulham.
Her conviction brings the total of sentences handed down to 124 years.
Three other teenagers – Samson Odegbune and Christopher Omoregie, both 18, along with Obi Nwokeh, 19 – were convicted of murder during a series of trials last year and jailed for 18 years each last week.
A Pastor’s son Femi Oderinwale, 18, along with Adonis Akra, also 18, and Samuel Roberts, 19, were each given 12 years after they were convicted of manslaughter.
Also Enoch Amoah, 19, and Tyrone Richards, 17, were locked up for seven years after they were found guilty of violent disorder.
Lewis Sinclar, Olawale Olaribigbe and Melvin Mensah, all 18, along with Selassie Ahiaku, 19, all got two years after they pleaded guilty to violent disorder before their trial got underway last September.
Judge Christopher Moss QC told Victoria: “You played a pivotal role in the events leading up to that day and must take a substantial share of the responsibility for that.”
However, Sofyen’s family expressed their disappointment at Victoria’s sentence.
His mother, Naina Ghailan, reacted angrily to the sentence. She said: “I’m disgusted. She’s got 12 years and she’ll only serve half. She’s an adult and she should have got life. She planned the whole thing.”
News Source: Metro UK | Daily Mail