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18 and 21 year old get life for double Leytonstone murder

18 year old Casey Jones has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 34 years Credit: Metropolitan Police
21 year old Alex Bernard was sentenced to life in prison, serving a minimum of 31 years Credit: Metropolitan Police

Two members of a group who lured two young men to their deaths in Leytonstone last year were jailed for life today.

18 year old Casey Jones and 21 year old Alex Bernard were both given life imprisonment, serving a minimum of 34 and 31 respectively.

Two other members of the group will be sentenced in June.

All four were found guilty of the murders of 21-year-old Aaron Carriere and 20 year old Josiah Manful.

The court heard how in the early hours of 1 March 2014 Aaron and Josiah were ambushed and boxed in as they drove along Montague Road, E11.

Four vehicles with seven passengers travelled in convoy along the Harrow Road. They passed the car containing Josiah and Aaron driving in the opposite direction with Aaron in the passenger seat and were then boxed in by the cars.

The occupants of the vehicles got out and surrounded the car containing Aaron and Josiah and began a frenzied and brutal attack.

Following the attack, Josiah was able to get out of the vehicle and staggered a short distance before collapsing. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ken Livingstone stands by disgraced Tower Hamlets Mayor

Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone says if Lutfur Rahman has broken the law, he should be arrested Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Archive

Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, a long-time supporter of Lutfur Rahman has criticised the Election Commissioner's decision to throw the Tower Hamlets Mayor out of office.

Speaking to LBC radio Mr Livingstone said, "If he broke a law why haven't the police arrested and charged him?"

Of the Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey he commented, "[He is an] unelected bureaucrat overturning the result of an election. I think this is very, very worrying.

"If he's done something wrong have him arrested. Put him on trial. I hope Lutfur will appeal because in all my dealings with him I've never seen anything dodgy."

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Man arrested over Leyton murder

Detectives investigating the murder of a man in Leyton last night have made an arrest.

Police were called at at around 9.50pm lst night to reports of a man stabbed at the Dolce Vita restaurant in Lea Bridge Road.

London Ambulance Service and London's Air Ambulance attended the scene but the man, believed to be in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene just after 10.30pm.

This morning, a 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody at an east London police station.

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