Five jailed for murder of Holloway man

SENTENCED: Five people have been jailed for the murder of painter and decorator, Andrew Jaipaul. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A 15-year-old has been jailed for life alongside four other young people for the murder of an innocent painter and decorator who died after being stabbed 25 times as he got caught up in gang warfare on a housing estate.

Andrew Jaipaul, 21, was "savagely attacked" by a mob as he walked home through the Andover estate in Holloway, north London, in June 2011.Tommy McInerny, 21, of Islington, north London, was sentenced to a minimum of 18 years today at the Old Bailey.

Jojo Mafwa, 19, of Tottenham, north London, was jailed for a minimum of 12 years while Tirrell Ball-Thomas, 18, of Finsbury Park, north London, will serve at least 11 years.

A 15-year-old boy and an 18 year-old-youth, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, were jailed for a minimum of nine and 12 years respectively.

A sixth man, Warren Brooks, 23, of Islington, was found not guilty of murder but was convicted of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm and was jailed for seven years.

Two other defendants also stood trial, but Orville Sterling, 18, of Enfield, north London, had the case against him dismissed while there was a hung jury in the charge of murder against Alan Kalema, 19, from Wychdell, Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

COURT: Prosecutors told the Old Bailey Mr Jaipaul had been "in the wrong place at the wrong time". Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Prosecutors argued Mr Jaipaul had been "in the wrong place at the wrong time".

Mr Jaipaul, from Finsbury Park, died at the scene after being stabbed with more than one knife.