Thursday, 29 April 2010

Sofyen Belamouadden murder: Hammersmith youth arrested

A ninth teenager was arrested yesterday by officers investigating the murder of 15-year-old Sofyen Belamouadden on 25th March at Victoria Underground station.

The 19-year-old, from the Hammersmith area, was arrested after he handed himself in at a west London police station.

He is now in custody at a south London police station with eight others, all also from the Hammersmith area, arrested on the same day. All nine, who have been given letters instead of names to protect their identity by Police, [Z - aged 15; AA - aged 16; BB - aged 16; CC - aged 15; DD -aged 16; EE - aged 16; FF - aged 17; GG - aged 17; HH - aged 19] have been arrested for conspiracy to cause violent disorder and conspiracy tocause grievous bodily harm. They all remain in custody.

The male youths are accused of the murder of Sofyen Belamouadden and an18-year-old female is also charged with the same murder. All are currently remanded in custody.

More when I get it from Police. Makes me think of this post and how precious little has changed since then.

And being here in the southern Phillipines, where thousands of people have died in an armed conflict that has gone on for decades, I just wonder at how young people in our city who face no such circumstances choose to go out and stab one of their own to death. You hear some of them call themselves "soldiers" - they wouldn't last 5 minutes with the kids in this part of the world.

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