A 16-year-old schoolboy was the victim of a Coventry postcode war, police have said – as two people are convicted of his murder.
Jaydon James died after being stabbed to death while out with friends on November 24, 2018.
Today, almost two years later, Frank Kenfack and Abdi Hussein Abdi have both been found guilty of his murder.
They have also been found guilty of two counts of wounding with intent.
A third man, Bonganu Ngozi, was acquitted.
Kenfack, 18, of no fixed abode and Abdi, 21, of Rock Close, Bell Green, will be sentenced tomorrow, Wednesday, November 11.
West Midlands Police said Jaydon, of Wood End, had been the victim of a postcode war.
Wood End is home to a notorious Coventry gang, who have a longstanding feud with another city centre based gang which have resulted in several incidents of serious violence.
Jaydon and his friends had gone to the local bowling alley and CCTV later showed them on Hillmorton Road, where a black Peugeot car suddenly pulled up. The occupants of the car got out and chased after the group,
Jaydon ran down a driveway by a church where his killers caught up with him and stabbed him in the back. Jaydon managed to stagger to the church’s rear car park, where his friends found him, two of whom had also received stab wounds to their legs.
All three were helped by a member of the public until emergency services arrived, but in spite of their best efforts, Jaydon sadly died from his injuries.
Some weeks before his death, Jaydon had confided in his mother that he feared gang members were out to assault him. Days later he was punched and robbed of his coat and mobile phone.
Detectives trawled hours of CCTV footage from the night Jaydon was murdered and traced his movements and those of his killers.
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“He was in the wrong place at the wrong time”
Crucial footage from a petrol station on Sewell Highway shows Kenfack in a dark Peugeot.
As Kenfack, then 16, got out of the front passenger seat, something appeared hidden in the back of his jacket and seemed to restrict his movement.
Officers believe this was a knife used to stab the victims.
By mapping Kenfack’s movements and evidence from his mobile phone records, detectives were able to establish that two other passengers in the car were Bongani Ngozi, then 16, and Abdi Hussein Abdi, then aged 19.
Det Insp Stuart Mobberley said: “This was a young boy, just 11 days after his 16th birthday, whose life was so cruelly taken away.
“There are no words I can say to comfort his mother and his wider family, but I hope this conviction can go some way to help them come to terms with his death.
“I don’t believe that Jaydon was targeted that night, he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and his killers were simply out for revenge.”