The recordings, made as they travelled to Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court and then an identity parade, give a rare insight into the mindset of three young men involved in street drug crime, immersed in American rap music and believing that the slightest loss of face should provoke revenge of the utmost severity.And were they, as everyone predicted, well known to the authorities? Well, of course:
In one tape the men can be heard gloating about how little evidence the police had. In another, sometimes laughing and joking, they compared notes about the investigation after talking to their lawyers.
Kika was on the run from police over another stabbing 10 days earlier at the time of the killing, it can now be reported.I'm not sure 'on the run' is the right term, since it didn't exactly seem as though he was hiding in a spider hole somewhere, a la Saddam Hussein. In fact, it seemed more as though he was running free simply because no-one was looking that hard for him...
Meanwhile Alleyne, who had smoked six joints of cannabis earlier in the day, was under supervision after being released three months earlier half way through a drugs sentence.So, that went well then...
It emerged after the verdicts that Alleyne was originally placed under a curfew and electronically tagged after his release from custody but this had expired weeks before the murder.It's Islington. So, what are the odds...?
Islington Council said that a case review had been conducted but refused to disclose whether it found that any mistakes had been made.
...detectives investigating the case were also taken aback at how a “stupid” argument in a pub had spiralled so quickly to the murder of an innocent teenager.Sorry, Chief Inspector, but no. It's not about 'respect'. And accepting the thug's reasons at face value and parroting them for the media without question gives them a legitimacy they don't deserve.
”It's all about respect,” said Detective Chief Inspector John Macdonald, who led the investigation.
”Young people get desperate about being 'disrespected' and have to take some kind of retribution, that is what this is about.
This is about a breakdown in law and order, and the failings of the justice system, which allows animals in human form to roam the streets instead of being dealt with as they deserve...